A federal district judge in New York has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against British Airways by disgruntled frequent flyers in BA’s Executive Club, who allege that the airline is gouging them with sky-high “fuel surcharges" on award travel.
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Gogo, the provider of in-flight Internet service for several major U.S. airlines, said it is talking with carriers about offering passengers a new “Text & Talk" service for their smart phones — one that won’t require the installation of any new equipment on aircraft.
Delta Air Lines and its transatlantic joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic — in which Delta holds a 49 percent stake — have taken steps to coordinate schedules and airport operations starting in the spring.
In news of hotel openings and rebrandings this month, the former DoubleTree Hotel at New York’s JFK airport is flying a new flag, and so is the former Sheraton across the Hudson at New Jersey’s Meadowlands complex; the former Sofitel Minneapolis has a new identity; Ritz-Carlton adds three properties across Asia; JW Marriott has a pair of new properties in India; and Starwood opens a business hotel in Singapore.
The American-US Airways merger is just one more front in a battle for Texas air travelers that is going to heat up considerably in 2014 at both Dallas/Ft. Worth and close-in Love Field — especially if Delta gets its way with a big planned expansion at the latter airport.
Now that American and US Airways have reached a settlement with the Justice Department that will allow their merger to proceed, members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs could expect to start seeing changes in mileage earning/spending coming very soon.
Hyatt is the latest big hotel company to announce changes in its frequent guest program that will mean higher point costs for claiming free room nights.
The merger of American Airlines and US Airways could be completed as soon as next month following the announcement of a settlement agreement that would end the U.S. Justice Department’s civil antitrust suit that sought to block the deal.
The American Express Global Business Travel Forecast for 2014 anticipates a variety of pricing changes for business travelers — some higher, some lower, some flat.
In airport news, a new procedure at San Francisco International should allow more incoming flights to land during inclement weather or fog; one of the terminals at Phoenix Sky Harbor will be enlarged, and another will shut down; and Miami International will get a new baggage screening system.