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4 things to know about United’s new cheaper fares

NEW YORK (AP) — United Airline fliers will soon get the chance to buy cheaper fares on some of the airline’s flights. But as good as that sounds, those tickets will come with strict rules that might not make it appealing for some passengers. The airline’s new fare option, disclosed …

Gov’t announces new steps to protect airline consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying they want to boost competition in the airline industry, Obama administration officials issued new regulations Tuesday aimed at providing passengers with more information to compare the performance of air carriers and the cost of flights. The Department of Transportation also said it was proposing that airlines …

The quest to end lost airline luggage

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Victor DaRosa stands under a scorching afternoon sun, loading bags onto a jet heading to Detroit. As each suitcase climbs up the conveyor belt into the plane, a small computer verifies that it actually belongs on that flight. If one bag didn’t, a red light would …

Bereavement fares have disappeared on most US airlines

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines used to give discounts to passengers who were traveling to a relative’s funeral, but those days are just about gone. Now buying a ticket to attend a funeral or visit a relative in the hospital is no different than last-minute travel plans for any other reason. …

Airline complaints rise even as more planes arrive on time

DALLAS (AP) — More flights are arriving on time and airlines are losing fewer bags, yet more consumers are complaining about air travel. Traveler complaints jumped 34 percent last year, to the highest level since 2000. The top frustration is problem flights including cancelations and delays, which is unchanged in …