Sunday, March 29, 2009

Internet Airline News Links #4

Expedia and Travelocity Drop Booking Fees (Temporarily)

There’s good news out there for those of you who like to book your travel using online travel agents. Expedia and Travelocity have both followed in Priceline’s footsteps and dropped all booking fees for flights. There don’t appear to be any catches, but this is a temporary move. Flights must be booked by May 31.

Upgrade & Standby List on delta.com

When I came across this thread on FlyerTalk entitled,”When is Delta going to add the upgrade list to their online system?”, the functionality to view the upgrade standby list on delta.com was already moving into our pre-production environment for final testing.

FLTAdvisor Tells You If Your Flight is Really On Time

FLTAdvisor’s goal is to find out if a flight is really going to be on time, despite what the airline says. The idea is great, but can they pull it off? So far, so good, but keep in mind that you will have to pay for it. (More that later.)

Your Airline Wants to Get to Know You

An airline loses your bag or cancels your flight because of a mechanical problem. The next time you show up at the airport, an agent personally apologizes and offers a free pass to an airport lounge for your troubles. [Steve Jarvis gets mentioned. –Ed]

Use Twitter to Stay Updated on Alaska Airlines/Volcano

This is one of the better uses of Twitter that I’ve seen.  Alaska Airlines is inviting you to sign up for Twitter updates regarding volcano activity.

Virgin America’s Smart E-Mail Marketing

E-mail marketing can be very effective. Generic fare sales can certainly be nice, but I also like it when companies reach out to individual groups. I joined Virgin America’s frequent flyer program Elevate when it first came out to become a “founding member,” to see if that would bring about any perks.

Virgin America Adds New Bag Fee ($15 for first checked-bag)

And another one bites the dust…Yes, no more free checked-bags on Virgin America. Like most of the other U.S. carriers, Virgin will now charge $15 for a first piece of checked luggage.

Answer of Virgin America to Motion of Alaska Airlines

Alaska has raised nothing new in its Motion, and just like in its initial Petition, no reason to institute a public proceeding exists. Nothing unforeseen to the Department has occurred, and Virgin America has met and continues to meet all of its notification requirements.

Icelandair Announces Seattle

Yesterday, Icelandair announced that it will be launching flights to Seattle in Jully, with four flights a week.

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