While Hurricane Irene's impact wasn't nearly as bad as expected, the severe weather still managed to cripple travel all along the East Coast at a time when many families were planning one last getaway before the summer's end.
Airlines benefiting from a unplanned federal tax holiday should save the money for the government or pass it along to the passengers, but should not pocket the money themselves, key congressional leaders said Tuesday.
Fewer air travelers are expected for the upcoming holiday season compared to last year, but planes will still be crowded because the airlines are cutting back on flights, according to industry reports.
How do you charge consumers for something they are accustomed to getting free? That's the marketing dilemma American, United, and US Airways have been dealing with since they recently instituted a $15 fee for a passenger's first checked bag. Sadly, the way the airlines have pitched this revenue grab in the face of crushing fuel costs is a textbook case of how not to spin a surcharge.
Planes crisscrossing the East Coast were given access to military airspace Wednesday afternoon, a handy accommodation as fog and winter weather threaten to make one of the year's busiest travel days even more tedious.
Hotel loyalty programs have come a long way since they were introduced a quarter century ago by Holiday Inn. Initially viewed as the ugly stepsister of airlines' frequent-flier plans, they have shed their dowdy image, and points have become highly desirable.