Did your great airfare suddenly disappear? Blame “dynamic pricing.”

You probably know what Melanie Frazier felt like when she recently tried to book a flight from Portland, Maine, to Atlanta.

She found a $257 fare — not a bad deal — but by the time she got around to booking the ticket online a few hours later, the price had risen to $441. Undeterred, she set up a fare alert through Google, and a week later, sure enough, the fare plunged to $246. Read more “Did your great airfare suddenly disappear? Blame “dynamic pricing.””

Do air travelers really want ‘basic economy’ fares? No, and here’s why.

What’s an airline ticket?

That’s not a trick question. Two major airlines — Delta Air Lines and United Airlines — are quietly challenging our most basic assumptions. Another major carrier is expected to do the same any day now. And passengers, and the government, are pushing back. Read more “Do air travelers really want ‘basic economy’ fares? No, and here’s why.”

I got sick before my trip and couldn’t cancel my Norwegian flight

Just before Olga Boikess’ flight from New York to London, she falls ill. But she can’t cancel the flight. Now she wants credit for her missed flight. Can she get it? Read more “I got sick before my trip and couldn’t cancel my Norwegian flight”

Why airfares are actually rising

If you’re looking for a cheap airfare, there’s good news, according to new research from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA): Continued declines in oil prices are leading to lower ticket prices.

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The truth about “transparent” airfares

The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, which only a few weeks ago had virtually no chance of passing, now seems poised to become law.
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