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7 Ways Inflation Will Hit Americans in 2012

With the economy still trying to muster a recovery, and unemployment still around 8.5%, any price increases are painful. And just a month into 2012, a spate of headlines points to more hurt ahead. Here are seven ways inflation will be digging into your wallet this year:

Airline Stocks Despite Travel Alert

Despite the State Department issuing a travel alert Sunday following the killing of infamous terrorist Osama Bin Laden, Wall Street analysts expect airline stocks to continue their upward ride Monday.

Trapped Outside Paradise at Denver International Airport

How hard can it be to get a really good chicken walnut sandwich at Denver International Airport? Depending on when you land, a lot harder than you'd guess. And it's not just Denver: The problem of airport restaurants that are closed when passengers are still arriving is irritatingly widespread.

Airlines and Online Ticket Sites: Altered Flight Patterns

New technology is leading to changes in business relationships between airlines and online ticketing sites. It'll take a while for the new landscape to settle down, but the near-term result could be potential windfalls for some carriers -- and confusion for air travelers.

While Airlines Are Profiting Again, Fliers Are Suffering

Of all the industries that have achieved record profits recently, none have posted more remarkable results than the airline industry. For the first time in a decade, the industry is on a glide path to profitability -- but it's getting there by squeezing its customers.

Airlines Attach Big Fees to Small Seat Upgrades

When Virgin American offered traveler writer Randy Diamond the chance to upgrade his ticket to "Main Cabin Select" for a mere $500 more than the coach fare, he assumed it must be for a first-class seat. But what the airline is actually offering for that upgrade may surprise you.

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.

United-Continental Merger: Good For Them, Bad For Fliers

Don't believe the fairy tales United and Continental are spinning about their proposed merger being beneficial to travelers and carriers alike: Beyond the deal to bring Southwest to Newark Airport that they cut placate the antitrust watchdogs, this merger is all bad news.

Beware Hotels Offering 'Convenient' Shuttle to Airport

When it comes to airport shuttle bus services, convenience is increasingly being trumped by cost-cutting. Hotels near airports are "carpooling" -- sharing their shuttles to save time and money for themselves, but not necessarily for you.

Travel Maze: Just Say No to Flying Coach

It's every business traveler's dream never to fly coach again. Nicholas Kralev's On the Fly seminar promises to make that dream a reality. In four short hours, he says he'll teach attendees how to maximize the power of their frequent flyer miles to fly in luxury on a coach-class budget.

Do Airline Mergers Make Service Worse?

The airline industry is so unprofitable that competitors try to outdo each other in giving passengers less while charging more, and mergers are only creating bigger, less service-oriented carriers.

Mergers Could Keep Airline Stocks Flying High

A report that United Airlines and U.S. Airways were in merger talks set off a flurry of trading. Just the hint of more consolidation in the overcrowded airline industry, with its high operations costs and notoriously low profit margins, was enough for traders to pounce at the opportunity to get ahead of a move they hope will lead to higher ticket prices and lower overall operating costs industrywide.

Will a United Airlines and US Airways Merger Fly?

US Airways and United Airlines are discussing a possible merger, according to The New York Times's DealBook. Investors are flying high, driving up both airlines' shares. But will complicated pilot contracts create turbulence?

Companies Most Likely to Default in 2010

The number of companies in danger of defaulting on their credit obligations will remain high in 2010 with a disproportionate number coming from the US and more than half concentrated in five key industries, according to a report from Standard & Poor%u2019s.

US Airways makes soda free again

Back in August, US Airways began charging its coach passengers $2 for soda, juice and coffee. But now the company is reversing that decision and...