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Fees on luggage prompt creative workarounds

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jul 1, 2019
Consumers paid $1.3 billion to check bags in just the first three months of the year, but airfares are at an all-time low.
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Competition propels global airlines into smaller cities

by Adrian Ma Nov 21, 2018
Seeking less competition, global airlines are opening stops in smaller cities. But can the new routes survive?
A scene from a WOW air promotional video commemorating the start of service to/from Cleveland Hopkins Airport this past May. Less than six months later, WOW air announced that it was pulling out of Cleveland. 
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Airlines seek to balance competitive fares and rising fuel prices

by Jed Kim Jul 3, 2018
If you’re wondering why airfares are relatively low at the moment, the answer is that there are a lot of inexpensive seats being offered by what’s called “ultra-low cost carriers.” Those fares from airlines like Frontier and Spirit are keeping…

Travelers may see better deals this summer for a short window if going abroad

by Renata Sago May 16, 2018
Lower airfares are making it easier to book travel to destinations across the Atlantic, especially to Europe, this summer. Competition between low-cost and traditional carriers are helping to bring prices down. But how long will this last? Click the audio…

How to turn those credit card reward points into a ticket on an airline you've never used

by David Brancaccio Apr 16, 2018
You may not know it, but if you’re a member of a credit card rewards program, you’re probably sitting on unused miles for airlines that you’ve never used before. Several credit card reward programs give consumers the option to simply…

There are longer lines ahead as TSA tightens security

by Reema Khrais Oct 26, 2017
Restrictions on electronic devices carried by travelers coming from some countries have been rolled back. But now U.S. officials are requiring any person traveling to the country be subject to new, tighter screenings.  Click the audio player above to hear…

Taking virtual reality beyond video games

by Kai Ryssdal and Ben Johnson May 21, 2015
Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson flew over New York and lived to tell us about it

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Flight school: JetBlue to offer educational videos

by Kai Ryssdal Nov 25, 2014
By the end of the year, the airline plans to provide you with an eggheaded excuse to avoid talking to the passenger next to you.

Paying for upgrades under the tray-table

by David Weinberg Nov 18, 2014
Bribing fellow passengers to get to the front of airport lines is generally allowed, but experts say the stress of airline travel means most people won’t agree to it.

Anxieties of flying have waned... for the most part

by Stan Alcorn Sep 11, 2014
Airlines used to struggle with a public fear of flying around September 11.