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7 Shopping Dos and Don'ts for September

If August is all about scoring deals on backpacks and other back-to-school items, then what should you buy in September? The editors at DealNews took a look at historical data and came up with the best and worst things to buy this month.

MLB Soars to 30,000 Feet with In-Flight Live Streaming

Take me up to the ball game -- thanks to a new offering from broadband provider Row 44, baseball fanatics won't have to miss one tobacco spit or big hit while flying, because Major League Baseball will stream games to airline passengers' WiFi devices.

3 Ways to Get More Back From Your Plastic

Credit cards can destroy your financial life, if you're not careful. But choose the right one -- a card that fits with how you spend your money and what you like as a reward -- pay your balance in full each month, and you can turn ordinary, necessary expenditures into real life-enhancers.

Why Airlines Hiked Fares Over the Weekend

Airlines are tossing consumers aside and grabbing the benefit of lower federal taxes on travel tickets. By Saturday night, nearly all the major U.S. airlines had raised fares to offset taxes that expired the night before.

Worthy Credit Card Deals Abound for Creditworthy

Credit card companies are tripping over themselves to attract big spending, timely payers. The credit industry mavens at CardHub.com report that there credit cards than ever offering higher initial rewards bonuses -- for people with credit scores above 700.

5 Dividend Stocks You Can Rely on in a Slow Economy

Companies with strong balance sheets and high dividends will be among the few safe investment harbors if the economy continues to cool -- and given today's conditions, it's hard to imagine how the recent stock market rally could last much longer. Here are five dividend stocks that should keep paying strong returns.

Southwest Remains No. 1 for Airline Customer Service

The American Customer Satisfaction Index's annual report on airlines showed Southwest still on top of the rankings, and far ahead of No. 2 Continental. Southwest even improved its score, a rare bright spot in an industry that came in last overall in customer satisfaction among those the ACSI rates.

Keep Baggage Fees in Check as Airline Profits Soar

New data shows that airlines collected a whopping $3.4 billion in bag fees last year - a 24% hike from the year before. Good for them, but fliers certainly aren't jumping for joy. Before you hop on your next flight, here's how to keep baggage costs to a minimum.

Airline Profits Forecast to Fall as Fares Keep Rising

The International Air Transport Association has cut its 2011 profit forecast for the industry in half, and fares are on the rise. The IATA downgraded its 2011 airline industry profit forecast to $4 billion -- 54% less than its March forecast and 78% less than the industry netted in 2010.

Fly the Hungry Skies: Continental Drops Free Pretzels

The United-Continental merger was supposed to bring together the best of both carriers, but it doesn't always work that way. Continental is following United's lead and eliminating its free pretzels. But there are still a few options for flyers seeking free munchies -- and some of them are mighty tasty.

737 Cracks: Boeing Can't Suffer Any More Black Eyes

Boeing says cracks in the skins of its older 737s have appeared sooner than expected. The aerospace company reported that the planes require detailed inspections of their skins after 30,000 flights -- not the 60,000 specified in earlier maintenance guidelines.

Why Fly? The Case Against Air Travel

It's bad enough that air fares and extra fees have been rising as fast as a plane taking off -- now, travelers must wonder if aircraft have been properly inspected. Are the costs, pains and risks of flying reaching the point where frequent fliers should reconsider their transportation choices?

FAA Orders Inspections of 737s

The airliner whose roof ripped open 34,000 feet over Arizona has had a busy 15-year life: taking off and touching down more than seven times a day,...

Cracks in Planes Could Blow a Hole in Southwest's Reputation

Will Southwest's passengers now be reluctant to board the airline's planes -- even if they all pass inspection? The airline, which is considered one of the best run and most innovative in the country, may discover that a good reputation and a strong brand can be fleeting.

Southwest Cancelations Expected to Continue

Inspectors have found cracks in three more planes that are similar to those suspected of causing a jet to lose pressure Friday. For travelers, that equals more delays following about 600 flight cancelations over the weekend.

World's Most Admired Companies: Apple Is Still No. 1

Now that the skies are clearing after the worst economic storm in modern history -- far more violent than the experts had predicted -- we face a surprising new roster of winners and losers, as Fortune's 2011 ranking of the World's Most Admired Companies makes clear.

Will Higher Airfares Ground More Flyers?

Cathay's Tony Tyler explains that when airlines last raised fares in 2008, most travelers kept right on flying. But as Mideast upheavals send oil prices skyward and airlines hike fares again to compensate, the impact on the industry's bottom line could be quite different.

What Investors Should Expect After Davos 2011

When columnist and venture capitalist Peter Cohan read the dispatches from last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, two things caught his eye: First, the elite are exuberant, and second, they're annoyed by the idea that they should create societal value. Here's what both those ideas mean for investors.

Job No. 1 for Larry Page: Halt Google's Brain Drain

When Google co-founder Larry Page replaces Eric Schmidt as CEO, he'll have a host of things to worry about: ad revenues, growth, Facebook, privacy concerns and just how to get the company's rebel groove back. But first on his agenda will have to be reversing the flow of top employees out the door.

At Last, New Protections for Air Travelers Will Land in 2011

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is raising the bar for the treatment of airline passengers this spring. Don't expect more legroom in coach -- he's not a miracle worker -- but you will see more transparency in ticket pricing, better deals for bumped passengers, and reimbursement of luggage fees when checked bags are lost or delayed, among other changes.

Zagat Airline Survey Praises Southwest, Virgin America

Southwest Airlines (LUV) and Virgin America were among the winners in Zagat%u2019s latest frequent flier survey. Southwest was the top-rated in categories including "best check-in experience" and "top website", Zagat said in a statement. Virgin America was rated the best mid-sized carrier in both premium and economy class.

Week in Preview: The Earnings Crunch Is Back

Third-quarter reports are due from tech, financial, airline and pharmaceutical companies, amont others. Here's a day-by-day rundown of the coming earnings highlights, with a closer look at Apple, Harley-Davidson, Netflix and Southwest Airlines.

US Air, Southwest, JetBlue Are Finally Climbing Again

As the U.S. economic recovery edges forward, three airline stocks stand out as buys for fundamental reasons: US Airways Group, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue. Several analysts, including those at Value Line, see better days coming for this group.