United modifies Asia/Pacific baggage allowance policies
United has changed its seasonal checked baggage allowances to be year-round for tickets purchased on/after December 18, 2014 and for travel on/after January 8, 2015. As a result, United and joint venture partner ANA now offer aligned, year-round free baggage allowances in most key Pacific markets.
The following free baggage allowances apply to MileagePlus Premier Silver, General and non-members traveling in the United Economy cabin. Note: the policy is applicable for travel based on the first point of origin. For example, if a customer originates in Shanghai (PVG) to Los Angeles (LAX), the customer will receive free baggage allowance for 2 pieces (based on the chart below) on both the outbound and return.
Countries To Pacific From Pacific
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
* Value of frequent flyer points will be further diluted.
* The term: "frequent flyer" will have less meaning. New term: "Higher Fare Flyer"
* Different tiers of economy fares (i.e.: be prepared to pay more) will be the new normal.
* Achieving "status" with mileage will be much harder.
* Hotel fees and pricing will resemble the airline model. Prepare to pay more.
* The difference between the "have more" and "have less" travelers will be more visible.
* New or higher ancillary fees for travelers
* Major domestic airlines, despite billions in profits, will not pay any taxes.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
So what will 2015 bring us? These are the myths that pundits are predicting:
* Service and travel experience will improve: Not a chance. U.S. airports are not adapting to today's (or tomorrow's) needs. From TSA, outdated facilities, overcrowded terminals and lounges, there is no relief in sight. Don't expect domestic carriers to improve either.
*Fares will go down: Not really! With less competition and reduced capacity, airlines might claim that fares will stabilize, but once you add an increasing number of ancillary fees on very basic things such as seat assignments, the fares will be up again in 2015. Also, forget any savings from cost of jet fuel going down.
* There cannot be more ancillary fees-airlines have maxed them out: Wrong! Fees will increase on many "services" and a tiered fee structure will make the previous fees look tame in comparison.
* Fuel Surcharges will be eliminated: Nope! Airlines are always quick to introduce or add fuel surcharges at the hint of rising fuel prices, but when we have a dramatic sustained drop such as the 40%+ drop in the past several months, airlines either do not react or they shrug it off in anticipation of a future increase.
The next edition will be the predictions for 2015. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Those so-called "experts" keep coming up with new ideas supported by dubious facts about what is the best day to buy tickets on the cheap. Wednesday? That is so out. Tuesday? That came after Wednesday, or was it before? The latest claim by clueless reporters is Sunday! Citing faulty airline data of average price per ticket and other factors, those "experts" are trying to handicap the airlines' complex pricing models. The truth is that the best day to buy the cheapest ticket depends on so many complex factors that includes among other things: Seasonality, competition, capacity, shifting routes and schedules, frequency and so on. Add to all that some irrational randomness in pricing followed by airlines matching each other, you have the rubik's cube of pricing that pundits and experts are trying to divine. These articles published from time to time make for entertaining reading but are otherwise devoid from any facts. In conclusion, the best day to buy a ticket is when you like the price. www.premieretravel.com
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Southwest has transformed itself to act like a legacy carrier. The once proud discount carrier with friendly service now resembles all others. What is really puzzling about this latest fare increase is that fuel costs have gone down dramatically over the past 3 months, down about 25%. International airlines, with the DOT's blessing or looking the other way, have maintained the "Fuel Surcharge" that was implemented when fuel prices were above where we are now. www.premieretravel.com