More Posts On: Financial

Airlines Earned Almost $4.2 Billion in Baggage Fees — But…

Airlines earned almost $4.2 billion in baggage fees last year, according to this report of financial data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the Department of Transportation of the United States pertaining to reports from 25 airlines in 2016 — that is a record high — but the net income of airlines has decreased by $11.25 billion from 2015 to 2016, which represents a drop of greater than 45.38 percent.

The following chart is the annual United States scheduled service passenger airlines financial reports from 2012 through 2016, with all figures in millions of dollars…

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Donate to Fight Cancer 2017 and Earn Up to 5,000 SkyMiles

Delta Air Lines has long been fighting various types of cancer with different initiatives over the years; and part of that effort is in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, which has been a partner of the airline for years.

This month, you can join Delta Air Lines and the American Cancer Society in the fight against the dreaded and deadly disease towards the hope of a cancer-free world by being one of the first 5,000 members of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program to donate funds by Wednesday, May 31, 2017 — and you will receive the following in the form of a one-time bonus per SkyMiles account…

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Delta Air Lines Bankruptcy Emergence of 2007: Ten Years Ago

Last year, I posted a series of 17 articles which I wrote on the day — and day after — Delta Air Lines official emerged from bankruptcy protection. Many people considered that day the end of one of the darkest eras in the history of the airline.

For easy reference, I compiled a list of links in which you can access whichever articles you would like to read at any time…

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Applying a Voucher After Purchasing a Ticket: Right or Wrong?

Here is an interesting situation which purportedly may have moral implications: if you are on a business trip with expenses paid by your employer and happen to have an airline voucher which is about to expire, would you first pay for the airline ticket and then attempt to apply the voucher afterwards?

The scenario which you just read is the conundrum which…

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Egypt Keeps Single-Entry Visa Fee Unchanged — But…

“I wouldn’t worry too much about the higher fees actually going into effect. Egypt has a tendency to announce outlandish proposals and then rescind them after public outcries”, Ed — who is a reader of The Gate — posted in the Comments section of this article pertaining to the postponement of increase by 140 percent of the cost of visa fees until July for visitors to Egypt. “Egypt needs foreign investment and tourism…badly…especially after floating the currency and inflation at an all time high. They may eventually raise visa fees IF they see that tourism starts to pick up again. I wouldn’t bet on that anytime soon though…”

Some good advice was imparted…

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Compensation — Or Have It Done Right the First Time?

Would you rather have something done right the first time and happily pay for it; or would you rather have something go wrong — sometimes more than once — and receive compensation for it?

I recently dined out in a restaurant where I ordered a steak with a doneness of medium well — which at this particular place meant a slight amount of pink inside.

When the steak was first served to me, the server advised that I cut it open to ensure that it was exactly the way I ordered it.

I did; and the doneness was…

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One Reason Why You Might Not Want to Upgrade to Frontier Airlines The WORKS

“I haven’t flown with Frontier Airlines, but I consider them a viable option when I’m looking for an affordable flight. My first Frontier flight will probably be to Denver so I can take advantage of their free lift ticket at Copper Mountain! While researching Frontier’s pricing, I came across the Frontier Airlines the WORKS upgrade package. Basically, the WORKS lets you bundle together a bunch of options to save money compared to if you bought them all individually. So, the question is, should you upgrade to Frontier Airlines the WORKS?”

I also have not flown as a passenger aboard an airplane operated by Frontier Airlines; but a lift ticket at Copper Mountain costs $150.00 for the day — meaning that…

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Fees to Increase as Transportation Security Administration Budget is Cut?

“At TSA, the $500 million reduction includes cutting $65 million for behavioral detection officers and $55 million for local law enforcement grants to to airports. On the other hand, it proposes a $1 increase to the TSA security fee in fiscal 2018 to generate an extra $470 million in revenue.”

This paragraph is what caught my eye in this article written by…

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