Northwest and Delta clearly really want to keep travelers loyal to their brands. Both airlines have been sending their elite-level frequent flier program members e-mails announcing a “gift” of elite-qualifying miles (EQMs, or, in the...

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How’s this for an indicator that premium-class travel isn’t selling: The recently-merged Delta and Northwest are permitting passengers of high-fare international economy fare tickets to upgrade to business class for just 1 mile each...

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Downgraded: Willingness of friends and loved ones to give you a ride to the airport Airports’ inventive enthusiasm for new fees rivals that of the airlines, as we’ve seen when airports try to add fees to previously free services like...

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Upgraded: Weird contraband found at airports Downgraded: Pigeon welfare The NY Daily News has a set of photos of items found by customs agents at airports. Most are drug related, but my favorite has to be this image of a man with pigeons wrapped up...

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09
Dec
2008

Reader Steven writes in: I’m a silver medallion member of Delta Skymiles, and I’m wondering where things stand with the Northwest merger. The Delta website has pretty vague information. Nwa.com isn’t much better. When will they...

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You win some, you lose some: United is cutting the fee for a second checked bag, while Delta is adding a fee for the first checked bag. And if you think carry-ons are business-as-usual, look out… United was going to charge $50 for a second...

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