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United CEO May Have Made Millions By Returning Early From Heart Transplant

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz returns to work on Monday only two months after a heart transplant. Was the airline exec’s speedy recovery spurred by a desire to get back to business, or did Munoz return earlier than planned because it was the only way to earn his full bonus?
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U.S. Airlines Competing To Nab One Of 20 New Scheduled Routes To Havana

Now that the United States and Cuba have decided to let bygones be bygones and relations are thawing between the two countries, more Americans will soon have the chance to visit the nearby island nation by air. There will be 110 new scheduled routes to Cuba, with 20 of those flying daily to the country’s capital of Havana, and major U.S. airlines are stepping up to the plate to bid for the first regularly scheduled, non-charter flights. [More]

Major Airlines’ Regional Partner, Republic Airways, Files For Bankruptcy Over Pilot Shortage

Major Airlines’ Regional Partner, Republic Airways, Files For Bankruptcy Over Pilot Shortage

Two years ago, regional airlines warned that new regulations, higher costs of school, and lower salaries had led to a shortage of pilots for the companies that typically handle the smaller, regional routes for larger airlines. Now, one short-haul carrier says that lack of pilots is the reason it’s filed for bankruptcy.  [More]

Woman Claims Her Bag Was Peed On While In United Airlines’ Possession

Woman Claims Her Bag Was Peed On While In United Airlines’ Possession

It’s not often you hear about airlines and urine twice in one day, but apparently that’s the case today. Just hours after a man said he sat in a pee-soaked American Airlines seat, a United Airlines passenger claims an airline employee urinated in her bag. [More]

Airlines Offering Fee Waivers After Winter Weather Snarls Flights

Airlines Offering Fee Waivers After Winter Weather Snarls Flights

High winds and an impending snowstorm have brought a number of delays and cancellations to air travel into and out of Chicago airports today. As a result, many airlines are now offering to waive fees for travelers seeking to change their plans.  [More]

United Airlines Reverses Policy After Four Years, Will Let Families Pre-Board Again

United Airlines Reverses Policy After Four Years, Will Let Families Pre-Board Again

United Airlines is changing course after four years, announcing that it will once again allow families with young children to board early. [More]

World Health Organization Declares Zika Virus “Emergency”: Which Airlines Offer Refunds, Rebooking?

World Health Organization Declares Zika Virus “Emergency”: Which Airlines Offer Refunds, Rebooking?

The World Health Organization officially declared the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that has been linked to birth defects in thousands of babies, an International Health Emergency. [More]

American Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks, Meals On Some Flights

American Airlines Bringing Back Free Snacks, Meals On Some Flights

Nearly two months after United Airlines said it would turn back the clock and start providing passengers with free nibbles, American Airlines is also jumping on the snack bandwagon, once again offering complimentary treats — and, on some flights, free meals — to economy-class travelers. [More]

Airlines Allowing Travelers To Zika Virus-Affected Countries To Cancel, Postpone Trips At No Cost

Airlines Allowing Travelers To Zika Virus-Affected Countries To Cancel, Postpone Trips At No Cost

UPDATE: JetBlue is also offering refunds for travelers with tickets to regions affected by the Zika virus. [More]

Flying On United Could Soon Mean More Legroom For Travelers With Airline’s New Plane Plans

Flying On United Could Soon Mean More Legroom For Travelers With Airline’s New Plane Plans

If you’re sick of folding yourself into a seat on one of United Airline’s 50-seater planes, relief is in sight in the somewhat near future. The Chicago-based carrier says it’s going to ditch many of those smaller aircraft, while planning to buy a bunch of larger planes for its fleet. [More]

10 Things We Learned About United Airlines’ Efforts To Not Annoy Customers

10 Things We Learned About United Airlines’ Efforts To Not Annoy Customers

Five years after United Airlines and Continental finalized their mega-merger, the resulting carrier has struggled to deal with both unhappy passengers and employees, and remains at the back of the customer satisfaction pack among the nation’s major airlines.
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Delta Moves Past United To Snag No. 2 U.S. Airline Spot By Traffic

Delta Moves Past United To Snag No. 2 U.S. Airline Spot By Traffic

When you’re a major U.S. airline, there’s only one direction you want to go, and that’s up. Which is why Delta Air Lines is likely in a celebratory mood and United Airlines is perhaps a bit down in the dumps today, upon hearing the news that the former has passed the latter to become the No. 2 carrier based on traffic for 2015, behind American Airlines. [More]

United Passenger Leaves iPad On Plane, Has Joyful Reunion With Airline’s Help

United Passenger Leaves iPad On Plane, Has Joyful Reunion With Airline’s Help

Denise made a very understandable and common mistake: she stashed her iPad in the seat-back pouch in front of her during a United flight, and didn’t realize it until later. She ran the always handy “Find my iPad” app, and found that the iPad was in the hands of United staff at George Bush airport in Houston. The problem: she lives in Ohio, and no one at United was interested in helping her. [More]

United Airlines Fined $2.75M For Tarmac Delays, Treatment Of Disabled Passengers

United Airlines Fined $2.75M For Tarmac Delays, Treatment Of Disabled Passengers

In October, United Airlines apologized to a disabled passenger who ended up crawling off the plane after he was told he’d have to wait up to 50 minutes for a wheelchair. This is just one of several complaints related to United’s treatment of disabled passengers. When combined with penalties for stranding passengers on the tarmac for more than three hours, the airline now faces federal fines of $2. 75 million. [More]

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United Airlines Creates “Essentials,” “Enhanced” Bundles For Extra Legroom, Checked Bags

In a day and age when it seems as if you can bundle just about anything from cable, Internet, and phone service to those little extras you’re charged during a hotel stay. So it makes sense that airlines would also offer the same options for customers looking for extra legroom or an additional checked bag.  [More]

When The Biggest U.S. Airlines Try To Compete With Low-Cost Carriers, Travelers Win

When The Biggest U.S. Airlines Try To Compete With Low-Cost Carriers, Travelers Win

Usually we wouldn’t be fans of fighting, but when it comes to companies vying for consumers’ hard-earned dollars, the more they try to one-up each other, the better it is for us. So it’s cause for celebration now that the three biggest airlines in the U.S. are paying attention to their low-cost rivals, bringing down ticket prices for everyone. [More]

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United Airlines Flight Slides Off Chicago Runway After Landing

Winter storms have wreaked havoc on post-holiday travel this week, canceling thousands of flights across the country. Perhaps hardest hit was Chicago, where nearly half the flights in and out of the city were canceled Monday. Issues continued at O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday when a United Airlines flight slid off the runway. [More]

United Airlines Expands Age Range For Children Flying Alone Who Are Required To Use $150 Service

United Airlines Expands Age Range For Children Flying Alone Who Are Required To Use $150 Service

If you’ve got a tween who’s preparing to fly alone on United Airlines, you might end up paying a fee you weren’t prepared for: United Airlines has quietly expanded the age range of children who have to use a $150 service when flying without an accompanying adult, raising it from an upper limit of age 12 to age 15. [More]