2016 Flying Summary

2016 Flying Summary

I knew this wasn’t a good year for flying, but I didn’t realize just how terrible it was until I added the numbers up. Get ready for some embarrassing stuff.

Miles: 13,391 (37,816 last year)
Segments: 23 (31 last year)
New Aircraft: None
New Airlines: … Read the post

For an Airline That Doesn’t Overbook, JetBlue Sure is Bumping a Lot of Travelers

For an Airline That Doesn’t Overbook, JetBlue Sure is Bumping a Lot of Travelers

People love JetBlue, but one thing that people don’t often know (from my experience) is that JetBlue does not overbook its flights. If it has 150 seats onboard, it’s only selling 150 seats. That has generally meant JetBlue almost never has to bump someone. Something has changed as of late, … Read the post

3 Links I Love: Frontier Melts Down, airberlin Prepares for Death, It’s Cold Out There

3 Links I Love: Frontier Melts Down, airberlin Prepares for Death, It’s Cold Out There

Frontier still sorting through problems after weekend ‘meltdown’ at DIAKDVR
If you were flying Frontier last weekend, my condolences. The airline’s operation melted down when a lot more snow came in than expected. Flights were canceled or at best, delayed. And bags were scattered all over the place. … Read the post

US Airways May Be Gone, But It Just Won an Industry-Changing Court Case Over Sabre

US Airways May Be Gone, But It Just Won an Industry-Changing Court Case Over Sabre

You might have thought that, with the American merger long-completed, US Airways was gone for good. This week, however, the airline won a major antitrust lawsuit over Sabre, the Global Distribution System (GDS). This case has obviously been in progress for years and years, and nobody actually expected it … Read the post

Norwegian Makes a Risky Choice to Serve New York City Through Stewart International Airport

Norwegian Makes a Risky Choice to Serve New York City Through Stewart International Airport

Are you watching what Norwegian is up to these days? You should be. The airline seems to be throwing darts all over a world map, hoping something is going to stick. Oh sure, there’s the hare-brained scheme to start flying within Argentina, but today I want to talk about … Read the post

Cranky on the Web: Basic Economy Covered Right, Pet Travel Podcast, The Mileage Game

Cranky on the Web: Basic Economy Covered Right, Pet Travel Podcast, The Mileage Game

Cranky on the Web

United Airlines’ new Basic Economy fares: no carry-on, no seat assignment, no problem?The Plain Dealer
A good article out of Cleveland on the realities of United’s Basic Economy. I thought they covered this quite well.

Episode 25: Talking air travel w/Brett Snyder, The Read the post

3 Links I Love: Mexico Decision, WestJet Does Christmas Right, FAA vs. the Rams

3 Links I Love: Mexico Decision, WestJet Does Christmas Right, FAA vs. the Rams

This week’s featured link:
Final Order: Joint Application of DELTA AIR LINES, INC., AEROVIAS DE MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V. Under 49 U.S.C. §§ 41308 and 41309 for Approval of and Antitrust Immunity for Alliance AgreementsRegulations.gov
The Department of Transportation has finalized its order that if Delta and Aeromexico … Read the post

Alaska and Virgin America Officially Begin Trying to Prove that “Different Works”

Alaska and Virgin America Officially Begin Trying to Prove that “Different Works”

For months now, Alaska has been preparing to acquire Virgin America, and yesterday it became official. Alaska now owns the airline, but the two are far from becoming one. The hard work to make that happens starts now. In the meantime, Alaska has shifted marketing direction in exactly how … Read the post

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