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American Airlines-US Airways merger will not affect frequent flier miles, AA says

Airline fees for things like checked bags and

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The consolidation of airline companies continued Thursday with the announcement of a merger between American Airlines and US Airways. The $11 billion deal means that the resultant super airline, to be called American Airlines, will be the world's largest.

What this means on the ground to frequent fliers, according to a letter sent to AAdvantage members, are separately maintained programs.


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Spirit Airlines raises carry-on baggage fees up to $100 per item

A Spirit Airlines A319.

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Spirit Airlines' new baggage fees for carry-ons have begun, just in time for holiday travel.

The first domestic airline to charge for carry-ons is, as of Nov. 6, tacking on a fee up to $100 for bags that go into the overhead bins. When purchased in advance online, the fee is $35 prior to check-in, up from $30. Wait until you get to the airport and the charge is $50, a $10 increase; at the...

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Air New Zealand's 'Hobbit'-inspired safety video features Peter Jackson, chance to win premiere tickets

"Lord of the Rings" trilogy producer Peter Jackson

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Smartly pulling on one of its homeland's most famous exports, Air New Zealand has a new safety video that references the forthcoming "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

Flight attendants dressed as elves guide passengers -- many with furry feet -- through the usual instructions about life jackets and location of emergency exits. Gollum makes a digital appearance and director Peter...

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Southwest Airlines: fare sale for winter travel

Southwest airplanes on the tarmac in Baltimore. (Feb.

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Southwest Airlines has announced a 40-percent sale on some round-trip flights.

This “Big Winter Sale” has a 72-hour window, and flights need to be booked by Oct. 11. Travel dates must be from Nov. 28 to Dec. 12 and Jan. 7 to Feb. 13, with some blackout dates (including Sundays).

Some city pairings are excluded from the deal.

When booking on or, use the...

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American Airlines: Should you avoid booking flights on AA?

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American Airlines and American Eagle are canceling a total of 300 flights this week, The Associated Press has reported, and The Wall Street Journal has recommended fliers avoid the airline entirely this fall.

“American has become too unreliable,“ WSJ travel writer Scott McCartney wrote in a Sept. 18 story.

AMR Corp., which owns AA and AE, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late November...

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Vietnamese airline fined for in-flight bikini dance show

In this photo taken Aug. 3, 2012 and

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VietJetAir decided its inaugural flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Nha Trang should be something special. For most travelers, that might mean an extra pack of peanuts, perhaps a heavier-than-normal pour of orange juice. For VietJet flyers, special translated to a bikini-clad dance performance.

Unfortunately for the new airline, Vietnam's Civil Aviation Administration lobbed a fine for the in-cabin...

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Delta adds Wi-Fi to international flights

A Delta jet takes off from Stewart International

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Delta Air Lines is expanding its onboard Wi-Fi service to its long-haul international planes. Beginning next year, Delta plans to install wireless Internet on more than 150 aircraft used for international flights. Delta, the world's largest airline, already installed Wi-Fi on its fleet of about 500 domestic mainline planes.

When the long-haul planes are fitted with the technology by 2015,...

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JetBlue's standard seats offer the most leg room

JetBlue will give you the most space for

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Q: I'm 6-feet 1-inch tall and will be flying from New York to San Francisco soon. Which airline should I fly on?

A: JetBlue will give you the most space for your legs. Its standard seats on all flights offer 34 inches of space between seats ("pitch” in airline parlance) and its “even more room” seats offer 38 inches. United's PS Service, which flies exclusively between JFK and both San...

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FAA orders airlines to restore restroom oxygen

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Federal aviation officials will order airlines to put oxygen systems back in jet restrooms, reversing a decision last year to remove them because of fears that terrorists could use them to start a fire during flight.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that restoring the oxygen systems over the next three years will “eliminate a hazard that could jeopardize flight safety.” The...

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Airline deals: NYC flights up to $100 off

JetBlue has opened a new terminal at JFK

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Fly from New York to Chicago for as low as $118 round-trip, Orlando from $134, Atlanta from $168 . . . and the list goes on. Deals listed at can save you up to $100, depending on the day you travel.

Just book soon — many of the deals listed end Monday....

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