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How Cheap Can Basic Economy Flights Get?

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Just how low will the most basic, and most restrictive, economy flights get? The answer depends on just how much you’re willing to give up to fly on the cheap. Just this week, American Airlines announced plans to offer so-called basic economy fare on select routes from airports in Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C. United made…

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U.S. Travel Association to Trump: Keep Open Skies

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The U.S. Travel Association sent a message on Thursday urging the Trump administration to preserve the nation’s Open Skies aviation agreements. One good reason: The agreements align with President Trump’s economic goals. The Open Skies policy reduces government interference in air travel. The association said American, Delta and United airlines have petitioned the government to…

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Spirit, United, American Limit Personal Items

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Spirit Airlines is putting the squeeze on your personal item. The discount carrier, which charges extra for basics ranging from a seat selection to a bottle of water, will tighten the dimensions of the item you’re allowed to carry on board for free. Beginning Apr. 4, the pioneer of the Bare Fare is downsizing the…

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Industry Reacts to Trump Immigration Ban

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Some leaders in the U.S. travel and meetings industries have been less than subdued in their response to President Donald Trump’s  immigration edict. For a quick review: The president signed an executive order on Jan. 27 banning immigrants from seven Muslim countries—Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia—a move that rippled through every travel…

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Delta Adds 7 Destinations to Seattle Hub

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Pike Place Market in Seattle For the fifth consecutive year, Delta Air Lines is expanding flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) to seven new destinations. Since 2012, Delta has more than tripled flights and destinations at its Seattle hub. Mike Medeiros, Delta’s vice president – Seattle, stated, “As we prepare for another year of significant…

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Alaska Airlines Unveils Free In-Flight Messaging

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Alaska Airlines has added new amenities to target a younger demographic. It makes perfect sense, as Virgin America (a low-cost airline well-known for hip and youthful branding) was recently acquired by Alaska Airlines. One new in-flight feature is particularly promising–the convenience of free smartphone messaging from 36,000 feet in the air. Alaska Airlines has announced the…

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World’s 20 Safest Airlines

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Qantas tops the list for the fourth year in a row on AirlineRatings.com’s list of safest airlines for 2017. The site, which is the world’s only safety and product rating website, takes into account numerous factors, including audits from aviation’s governing bodies and leading associations, government audits, airline’s crash and serious incident record, profitability and…

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Alaska Air Finalizes Acquisition of Virgin America

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Alaska Air Group has now completed its acquisition of Virgin America. The merger was first announced in April, then approved by Virgin America shareholders in July. In the coming year, the two airlines will need to secure a Federal Aviation Administration certification in order to operate as a single carrier. Regional carrier Horizon Air, also…

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Southwest Aims for Fleet Fully Equipped with Wi-Fi

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These days, as fares get lower across the board, in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment are becoming increasingly important to travelers looking to get the best bang for their buck. Over the last few months, major U.S.-based airlines such as Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines began offering all in-flight entertainment for free. In an…

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45.2 Million Americans Expected to Fly During the Holidays

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Following a very busy Thanksgiving holiday that saw travel numbers hit a 9-year high, Airlines for America is forecasting that 45.2 million travelers are expected to hit the skies during the holiday travel period from Friday, Dec. 16 to Thursday, Jan. 5. Compared to 2015, this represents an increase of 3.5 percent, or 73,000 more…

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