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Should Airlines Honor 'Mistake Fares?'

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 11.05.2012 | Travel
Nicholas Kralev

Airlines sometimes make mistakes when filing fares -- it's human and understandable. But when major carriers keep erring and then punish paying customers by unilaterally canceling tickets days or even weeks after their issuance, that raises questions about competence and responsibility.

Why Don't Airlines Allow Name Changes?

George Hobica | Posted 12.28.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Mexican airline interjet, which flies from the US to Mexico and beyond, allows name changes for $25 plus tax.

The Best Time To Book Airline Tickets

Posted 10.22.2012 | Travel

A new survey of more than a billion airfare searches has revealed the very best time to book your flight, says a spokeswoman for Kayak. Sifting thr...

9 Reasons Low Cost Airlines May Not Be Worth It

Oneika Raymond | Posted 12.11.2012 | Travel
Oneika Raymond

EasyJet is the worst.

Air Travel Complaint? Here's How An Airline CEO Might Reply

George Hobica | Posted 12.08.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

"No, flying isn't what it used to be. It's faster. And safer. And cheaper, adjusted for inflation."

What's Up With Code-Share Flights?

George Hobica | Posted 11.30.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

When booking international flights online, I increasingly find that the airline selling the fare isn't the airline actually flying the route. For example, I'll search for a flight on and see that the lowest fare is sold by Lufthansa but the flight is flown by United. How can we avoid this situation and why do airlines do this in the first place?

What Could Happen In A US Air-American Merger?

George Hobica | Posted 11.26.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It's beginning to look like an American/US Airways merger is all but inevitable. Here's what you need to know, along with other "Ask Airfarewatchdog" questions -- and answers.

Passengers Behaving Badly On Southwest?

George Hobica | Posted 11.11.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It seems like everyone is trying to get first dibs at the overhead bins and choice seats these days...

Ask Airfarewatchdog: Your Air Travel Questions Answered

George Hobica | Posted 11.06.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Question: I recently paid $10 each for my wife and I to do the early boarding on Southwest. However when we tried to take two seats together, another passenger was apparently holding five seats for his friends. What gives?

The 8 Secrets To Getting More Legroom

George Hobica | Posted 11.01.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Have you noticed that the padding on airline seats is getting thinner and thinner? And the rows are getting closer together? Here are eight ways to help make your next flight more comfortable.

JetBlue Schedule Change And Orlando's "Other" Airport

George Hobica | Posted 10.22.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Come on JetBlue, step up.

Is It Crazy To Shop For Thanksgiving Flights Now? | Posted 08.13.2012 | Travel

Believe it or not, the holidays are coming; but forget the turkey - now's the time to get your ducks in a row. Is it crazy to start shopping for Th...

Airline Bid To Block Consumer Protections Rejected

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 09.23.2012 | Travel

WASHINGTON — The government can require airlines to show consumers a total ticket price that includes taxes and fees in print and online ads, th...

Nine Things We Love About Charleston, SC

George Hobica | Posted 09.17.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Charleston has more things to do than can comfortably be listed in a short round-up, but here are nine of my favorites.

PHOTOS: America's Cheapest Airports

Posted 07.19.2012 | Travel

Among America's cheapest places to fly are a number of lesser-known airports in big cities across the country, new data from airfare watchers show. ...

So, Which Two Airlines Are Charging For Carry Ons?

George Hobica | Posted 09.16.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Answering questions about carry-on bag fees and flights to Hawaii.

Before You Book Low Fares, READ THIS

Tracy Stewart | Posted 09.09.2012 | Travel
Tracy Stewart

After losing hours online, you've finally found what you believe to be the absolute best deal. Great! But before you commit, consider what you may have to cough up.

How To Snag The Best Summer Airfare Deals

AP | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 06.05.2013 | Travel

NEW YORK -- To snag the best airfares, travelers need to be adventurous and willing to pick up at a moment's notice. OK, now let's be realistic. Most...

Resources For Airfare Bargains From Expert Seth Kugel (WATCH)

Posted 08.27.2013 | MarloThomas

Seth Kugel, author of the New York Times Frugal Traveler blog, recently joined me on Mondays with Marlo and he had so much wonderful advice on how to ...

Paul Brady

The Summer Travel Outlook Is... | Paul Brady | Posted 05.18.2012 | Travel

Even as prices climb and airlines pile on fees, travel industry watchers are predicting that Americans will vacation in huge numbers this summer. Acco...

Do Airport Luggage Scales Lie?

George Hobica | Posted 06.27.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

I doubt it's a conspiracy, but you should never trust airport check-in desk luggage scales.

Even More Of Your Air Travel Questions Answered

George Hobica | Posted 06.19.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Are airfares really that high, historically speaking? And more of your airline and airfare questions answered.

When To Buy A Plane Ticket

New York Times | Michelle Higgins | Posted 06.16.2012 | Money

WHEN is the best time to book that flight? It's one of the most fraught decisions travelers face, as ticket prices often fluctuate right up to departu...

Ask Airfarewatchdog: Your Airline Conundrums Answered

George Hobica | Posted 05.14.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Expert answers to your airline and airfare questions, from finding cheap fares to traveling with pets.

Why Pittsburgh Is A Hidden Travel Gem

George Hobica | Posted 05.01.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

There's no place quite like Pittsburgh, an implausible and affable place of distinct and likeable neighborhoods, littered across a series of steep Southwestern Pennsylvania hills and secluded hollows, perched on cliffs and huddled down by its famed three rivers.