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Archive: November, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 10:01 AM
Sen. Charles Schumer (D., NY) wants the Transportation Department to look at frequent-flier programs and how members are being treated. Are you confused and sometimes upset by changes in FF program rules and redemption policies? Read on here.
POSTED: Monday, November 23, 2009, 3:18 PM
Atlantic City International Airport has announced a $28 million project to add gates and baggage carousels in an effort to attract more international service. Read a little more here ....
POSTED: Monday, November 23, 2009, 9:58 AM

Secretary of Transortation Ray LaHood's assembling of a panel of experts to help determine how airlines can compete and make money in these tough times is the subject of a good article in USA Today. Read more ...

POSTED: Monday, November 23, 2009, 9:37 AM
Today's Winging It column gives major airlines their due, looking at how they've been helped by adopting the dozens of so-called a la carte fees that once were the province of smaller discount carriers. But keep reading the column and you will see that many companies with managed travel programs are unhappy that they can't systematically track the costs that fees have added to air fares. Making it clear what it's really costing to fly is an issue the big carriers should deal with -- unless they want Congress or federal regulators to make them. Read more here ...
POSTED: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 4:15 PM
Fewer passengers are expected on airline flights over the Thanksgiving holiday period compared with last year. But air-traffic congestion in the New York area could be just as difficult as ever, and that affects congestion at PHL. The AP has a good wrapup on the situation, found at this link.
POSTED: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 3:50 PM
FareCompare's Rick Seaney, mentioned in the previous post, has compiled a chart of all air fare surcharges. See it here.
POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2009, 4:49 PM

One of the better air fare prognosicators, Rick Seaney of, has a provocative post today on US Airways and its 5 percent surcharge for travel next summer in case fuel prices go up. No other airlines have matched it yet, indicating they're not so sure it's a good idea. Here's Seaney's view ... 

POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2009, 1:59 PM
Delta has answered a lawsuit filed by, the group leading the charge for a passengers' bill-of-rights for those stranded on airline flights. This story from the trade paper Travel Weekly reports on why Delta believes the suit is without merit, and eventually gets to the heart of the lawsuit. Read more here. 
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at Reach Tom at

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