http://consumerist.com/2008/09/13/if-youre-planning-to-fly/

If you’re planning to fly with Alitalia, better call ahead before leaving for the airport. “Up to tomorrow (Sunday) we have guaranteed flights,” said special administrator Augusto Fantozzi, “but not on Monday because no-one will supply us with kerosene.” [AFP]

$753 Airline Tickets End Up Costing Two Seniors Nearly $10,000

$753 Airline Tickets End Up Costing Two Seniors Nearly $10,000

Two seniors who bought $753 roundtrip tickets to Rome ended up paying nearly $10,000, thanks to flight delays and airlines reneging on their promises. The Lopilatos had a flight on American Airlines from LAX to JFK, then continuing on to Rome on Alitalia. The flight was scheduled to arrive in New York three hours before their flight to Rome, but it didn’t and they missed the flight to Rome. At first, American got them seats on a plane to London and then on to Rome on British Airways, for free. But then all of a sudden the seats were gone and now the tickets were $2,065 each. Not wanting to miss their tour group, the couple agreed. Then when they went to come back from Rome, Alitalia canceled their return flight because they missed the outbound, another $2,000+ in return tickets. When they tried to get refunds, each airline blamed the other and denied liability. How to avoid the same thing happening to you? Fly nonstop.