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Category: Fees

Feb 13

Hotels: Three Things That Need To Change

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Last week, I did a piece about three things that need to change with airlines. Hotels, of course, aren’t completely innocent, either. The scenes are generally more relaxed, since hotels don’t operate on the same touch-and-go schedules that airlines do, but there is still plenty of opportunity for improvement. Here are a few: Loyalty Programs …

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Jan 16

Just How Many Issues Can Bags Cause?

Lately, I’ve been reading stories about bags. I feel like there was never a time when bags got to travel for free, but the fees that airlines charge are only about a decade old. Of course, over time, airlines and passengers have become like the the proverbial mouse and mousetrap, as each seeks to outwit …

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Dec 15

Weekend Tidbits: Marriott, Ryanair, Fees

It’s Friday, so we’ll keep today rather light. Enjoy. Can Marriott Get Luxurious? Publicly traded hotel companies have had success in virtually every segment of the market, with one segment: the luxury end. They can certainly run high-end hotels, they just can’t do it as well as the independents. Let’s face it: When you’re running …

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Jul 21

WOW! Get Paid To Fly?

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And an amusing story for the end of the week. Ultra-low cost carrier WOW Air* seems to be in the mood to make some noise. According to CEO Skuli Mogensen, the carrier is considering pushing its way to profitability by offering passengers payment to fly them, giving a new option to passengers who have ever said, …

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Oct 26

Will Southwest Airlines Implement New Bag Fees?

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My primary goal with this blog is to provide assistance to those who are novices in the frequent flyer game (or just like a good read). Thus, the “101” moniker. Every so often, though, I find a topic that’s interesting enough that it’s worth taking it up a notch. Today provides one such opportunity. Has …

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Jul 15

Shocker: The Airlines Lose A Round in Washington

I had a few other topics I wanted to talk about today, but they are going to have to wait a day so that I can discuss the new FAA reauthorization bill. And, before your eyes roll, I’ll tell you that there are a few pieces in it that might interest you. The most important …

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Jun 21

The New Costco Anywhere Visa Card

It’s finally available. With Costco having dumped American Express as a partner and moved on to Citibank, the Costco credit card is changing and, for the most part, it’s changing for the better. The Rewards The Costco Anywhere card comes with a nice mix of rewards. It starts off with 4% back on gas purchases. …

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Apr 16

Out of Office Notice (And A Bit on Delta)

I’ll be traveling for the next week, so postings will be infrequent, but I always like to leave things on a happy note: Going forward, Delta is eliminating its telephone booking fees. That’s right, once again, you can have the privilege of speaking to an employee without paying for it. Truthfully, it’s probably because the …

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Apr 01

Spirit Airlines Adding Yet Another Fee…And Wait until You See What It Is

It’s finally happened: This morning, Spirit Airlines announced its Lavatory Usage Charge, or LUC. Per their press release, the airline will begin charging passengers $2 to use the lav for 90 seconds, or $3 for unlimited usage. A $5 unlimited VIP pass, allowing you to jump to the front of the line, is also in …

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Mar 10

Basic Economy Will Become An Industry Norm

Enter Basic Economy Airline trends come and airline trend goes, but there is one phenomenon that will be growing, not shrinking, over the next several years: the move to “Basic Economy.” Basic Economy (BE) is a Delta fare class that was established to compete with the ultra-low cost carriers (ULCC) like Spirit and Frontier, which …

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