From the department of we told you so, American Airlines joined the fee-raising party last week, hiking bag fees to match Delta, United, JetBlue, Air Canada and WestJet. Was anyone really surprised by the move, started by JetBlue in late August and matched by the other carriers within a month? Aren’t airlines supposed to compete against each… Read More


This Mad Magazine cartoon from a few years ago was as relevant then as it is now. In fact, as we pointed out last week, airlines seem ever intent on increasing existing fees and exploring new ways to make money off things that were once included in the ticket price. Take for instance airline seating.… Read More


Is economy travel just for the little people? News broke last week that American Airlines CEO Doug Parker still hasn’t sat in Economy Class on his newest and tightest aircraft, the Boeing 737MAX. Admittedly, nobody “wants” to fly economy, but shouldn’t the managers of an airline know what it’s like? Also newsworthy was that AA is… Read More


Finally, a worthwhile accomplishment in Congress!   Thank you to all who answered our Call To Action last week and contacted your congress members, urging them to vote pro-passenger on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill. They heard you! The House overwhelmingly passed the FAA bill that renews the agency’s funding for another five years. This bill has been years… Read More


You Can’t Take it With You Everyone who has flown on a plane is familiar with the safety videos that are played before takeoff. It appears, though, that during emergencies, passengers are ignoring the message when it comes to leaving your carry-on luggage behind. In an article this week in Bloomberg, Adam Levin and Mary Schlangenstein… Read More


Each January we hold hope for a good new year…   But in 2017, we saw things go colossally wrong, from United Airlines dragging off a passenger, to price-gouging during natural disaster Hurricane Harvey, to a new low in Coach Class  – ‘Basic Economy’, aka Last Class. The CEO of American Airlines boasted recently, “We’ll never lose… Read More


Christmas came early for the airlines. Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) abolished an Obama-era proposal that required carriers to disclose baggage fees. The reversal is a gift for the airlines’ bottom line and a slap in the face for flyers who deserve transparency when buying a ticket. Soon, when you buy through a third-party site… Read More