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Your Holiday Gift from Seven Airlines: Free In-Flight Facebook Access!

December 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're taking to the skies any time in the next few days, there's a good chance that you can while away the hours with your laptop or mobile device. Thanks to the folks over at Gogo and Charmin (yeah, the toilet paper people), flyers can access Facebook for free during the busy holiday travel season.

Starting today and running through December 30th on seven airlines, Charmin will open the social media browsing session for free. "Like" friend's updates, post photos of their in-flight snack, and check out their 2013 year-in-review status update. Just be cautious because, if you start clicking on external links, you will be asked for your credit card details to fork over some cash for full access.

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Will the New American Airlines Livery Stay, or Will It Go Now?

December 17, 2013 at 9:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

With over 600 US Airways planes now a part of the "new American Airlines," it's time to head to the paint shop. But how to paint the planes now that the two airlines are one and have a chance at a fresh rebrand? This is the question right as the CEO of the merged airline, former US Airways CEO Doug Parker, asks employees: "...now that we have merged, are we going to keep the new American livery, or are we going to do something different?"

Although the decision is an internal one, that hasn't stopped both AA and US from opening it up to public comment. Yesterday evening, US Airways posted the above image of options to their Instagram. American also shared it to their Facebook page, garnering almost 6,500 likes and 10,800 comments as of this morning.

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The 6 Things You Need to Know About the American Airlines and US Airways Merger

December 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy American Airlines-US Airways merger day!

This date, December 9, 2013, will absolutely go down in the aviation and business history books as creating yet another largest airline in the world, but that doesn't mean all details are decided.

Even though today marks the beginning of the combined airline, there's still much in limbo. For example, what will the airplane interiors become and how soon will the slacking US Airways fleet catch up with American in terms of in-flight WiFi and other onboard tech? Still, there are some integral things you can know for sure right now:

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American Airlines is the 'World's Largest Airline,' But It Wasn't Always That Way

December 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

6,700 flights daily to 336 destinations in 56 countries with around 952 aircraft...and counting. This is the new American Airlines as it exists, starting today, thanks to the merger with US Airways. These numbers officially bump AA up to the kingly level of "largest airline in the world."

Of course the taking of a title means there's another airline that can no longer claim the same. Today, American has kicked United off the pedestal for largest airline, but even they didn't reign all that long. Here's a recent history of the "world's largest airline" title:

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How to Experience TSA PreCheck with Nine US Airlines

November 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

Even if you only fly every once in a while you’re probably somewhat familiar with TSA PreCheck. It’s the program that allows for speedy screening, and you can even leave your shoes on, laptop in the bag, and keep your belt around your waist.

It’s an option for those who are on the list for existing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI programs. However, not so fancy flyers are also eligible—and often just by opting-in through their frequent flyer number. Here’s the scoop on the nine domestic carriers that are doing the TSA PreCheck—assuming you’re at an eligible airport:

· Alaska Airlines
The information from Alaska Airlines seems a little outdated, as they still reference the whole TSA PreCheck thing as a “pilot.” It seems like eligible frequent flyers would have received an email inviting them to opt-in, but if not head into the My Account section of your profile on alaskaair.com. Once there—assuming you’re eligible—you will you will see a link across the top of the page inviting you to opt-in for shoes on screening.

· Allegiant Air
Nope—if you’re flying with Allegiant you’re going to need to do the security screening thing the old fashioned way

· American Airlines
Like most carriers you need to be a member of the airline’s frequent flyer program, so go ahead and sign up if you haven’t done so already. Next head over to aa.com, and make your way into the My Account section of the site. Check your personal information and password, and then go ahead and check the box to opt-in to participate in the TSA expedited screening program. When you check-in you’ll see whether you made the cut or not right on your boarding pass.

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What the Department of Justice Settlement Means for the Merger of American and US Airways

November 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

An early Christmas present arrived at the hearth of American Airlines and US Airways this morning, as the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division reached a settlement with the airlines towards the completion of their desired merger.

Although this does not yet mean the two airlines are one, it does mean they can continue on the path to become so and, perhaps even by the end of 2013, reach this goal. Here's what you need to know about the settlement:

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EasyJet, Volaris, and Qatar Airways Lead This Week's New Routes News

October 25, 2013 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· EasyJet:
More cheap flights for you and your crew over in Europe, as budget carrier EasyJet is adding around ten new options. Just like other carriers we’ve mentioned these guys have their minds on the summer, as that’s when many of these new flights will take to the skies. Those flying out of London-Gatwick will have options to arrive in spots like Newcastle, Brittany, Paris, and Jersey. Out of Glasgow there’s some new options as well, as EasyJet will be heading to Split over in Croatia, as well as the island of Kos in Greece.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
Keep your credit card digits in your pocket for the moment, but it does sound like Hawaiian Airlines has their sites on a new spot over in Japan. With some carriers backing out of certain routes to and from Japan, there’s room for new carriers to arrive—like Hawaiian Airlines. They have applied to fly between Kona—on the Big Island—and Tokyo-Haneda. The carrier has already submitted the necessary paperwork to get permission to do so, but for now it’s all in the hands of the US Department of Transportation. Stay tuned for further developments in new routes news, but we vote for Hawaiian Airlines to get this new option—why not?

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A Tarmac Trick-or-Treat: 9 Airplanes Dressed in Halloween Costumes

October 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's just over three weeks left until Halloween and, besides getting enough snack-sized Snickers for the little trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell, there's all the planning that needs to go into a unique costume. Luckily there are some airplanes with creative paint jobs to lend some disguise inspiration.

From wildlife to wild childs, be on the look-out for some mile-high Halloween hijinks during your next trip with these airplanes on the loose. Here are nine of our favorite planes masquerading as something else:

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Air China, Emirates, and Alitalia Work It Out with New Routes

September 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Emirates:
Some of the biggest new routes this week comes from the folks over at Emirates, as once again they’re looking to expand their reach across the globe. This week news arrives that they will be starting service between Boston and Dubai as of March 10. Emirates will go between the two spots on a daily basis, as they will rely on Boeing 777-200LR jets to get things done. Overall this is destination number eight for Emirates in and out of the nifty fifty, as they also do the nonstop thing over to Dubai from places like New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

· Air China:
There’s few people that wouldn’t be interested in a new option over to Hawaii, so that’s why we’re excited to pass along the news regarding a new flight in and out of Honolulu. Air China is thinking about starting nonstop service between Beijing and Honolulu beginning in January of 2014, so pack those snorkels and swimsuits. It looks like this new option will be competing with some new service between the two cities from Hawaiian Airlines, so be on the lookout for the possibility of some competitive fares.

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Check Those Balances: Some Frequent Flyer Accounts Hacked

August 12, 2013 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Better check those frequent flyer balances this morning, as it looks like some troublemakers might have hacked their way into your account. It looks to be a problem for US Airways and their Dividend Miles members, as the airline released a statement explaining the details.

In total just shy of 8,000 accounts might have been compromised, so not really that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. However, we’re sure you are less than pleased if you fall into that group. The original breach was figured out around the middle of July, and since then all the sketchy accounts have been deactivated.

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US Airways Gets with the Times, Finally Releases a Mobile App

August 2, 2013 at 8:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

They might be a little late to the party—like years late—but it appears that US Airways is finally ready to start doing the mobile app thing. Just this week they released their very first piece of travel technology, and so far it is available in just one flavor—Android.

Expect a lot of the same from the US Airways app that you get from the competition, as you’ll be able to manage all the bits and pieces of your travel itinerary. Check-in for flights, book airfare, locate airline clubs, and of course load up that mobile boarding pass. Speaking of which, they’ve got some kind of spot right within the app where you can store and collect all your boarding passes in one convenient location.

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Happy Fifth Birthday, Checked Baggage Fees

July 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (2)

Before early 2008, travelers didn't even think about forking over some extra cash just to put luggage in the belly of the plane, unless, of course it was oversized and overweight. On a whole, checking a bag or two without extra cost was just part of the air travel experience.

As we celebrate the 5th birthday of baggage fees, it's plain to see that much has changed. In 2011, US airlines raked in just under $3.5 billion—yes, billion with a 'B'—so there's no way these fees are going anywhere. Love them or hate them, they're here to stay (and eventually increase).

American Airlines started it all in May of 2008 with the rest of the industry watching with bated breath if it was going to fly or fail. Right in the height of the summer travel season, other airlines followed suit and began charging the extra bucks just for the privilege of checking baggage. Luckily there are still two major holdouts from the first bag fee: Southwest and JetBlue.

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