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  • Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group's founder and chairman

    Drastic airfare cuts at United in the face of new Virgin America competition is good for consumers, but the kind of thinking that's driven big carriers into bankruptcy, Virgin Group's Richard Branson told CNBC.

  • Stinky Food, No Free Meals Annoy Fliers: Survey Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 12:54 PM ET

    Top flier complaints about airline food include lack of free meals and strong smelling food brought on board by travelers, according to a survey.

  • Holiday Inn Express: Staying Here Makes You 'Smart' Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 11:35 AM ET

    Holiday Inn Express plans to bring back its popular "Stay Smart" ad campaign and add new, healthier breakfast options and upgraded bathroom amenities to lift their brand.

  • Fliers More Fed Up Than Ever Before, Study Shows Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 12:01 AM ET

    The annual Airline Quality Rankings by Wichita State University and Purdue University show carriers bumping more passengers from oversold flights and delivering service that often leaves customers frustrated.

  • Here's One US Industry That's Found Home in China Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | 6:46 AM ET
    Super 8 Xian Xidajie - Xidajie, China

    Hotel chains are expanding in China as its growing middle class fuels demand for domestic travel and lodging. But is the sector too hot?

  • Chillin' at American Airport Lounges to Cost More Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 12:18 PM ET
    American Airlines Admirals Club at LAX

    American is raising airport lounge prices as more carriers revamp lounges to meet fliers' demands.

  • Virgin America: More Elite Fliers Wanted Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 11:55 AM ET
    Virgin America Airbus A319

    Hoping to attract coveted elite frequent fliers from other airlines, Virgin America has extended its status match program.

  • Starwood's Expanding Footprint     Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 12:40 AM ET

    Frits Van Paasschen, President & CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide discusses hotel expansion in China, the Middle East and Emerging Markets.

  • Despite Ruling, Add-On Fees Still Confuse Fliers Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 11:10 AM ET

    Airfares will still be advertised inclusive of mandatory taxes and fees, after the Supreme Court refused a challenge by three airlines. But optional add-on services often leave fliers unable to compare the total price of a ticket.

  • Pay-What-You-Weigh Airfares Take Off Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 10:21 AM ET
    Samoa Air

    It's no joke. Samoa Air has begun using weight-based airfare pricing on all its flights, the first airline to implement such a policy.

  • OMG, a Glass-Bottomed Jet?!: Um, April Fools Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 1:17 PM ET
    April Fools at Virgin Airlines: Glass bottom planes!

    Many carriers are participating in April Fools' pranks, some with a dose of reality. Glass-bottomed jet, anyone?

  • Out of My Way! TSA PreCheck Expands at Airports Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 11:30 AM ET
    A TSA agent waits for passengers at the Miami International Airport.

    United passengers can now use expedited security at Austin and Cleveland airports. Expect more airlines to sign up for expedited screening.

  • Cleared for Takeoff: Judge Approves AMR-US Air Merger Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 6:46 PM ET
    A US Airways jet takes-off as an American Airlines Jet is prepped for takeoff at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, June 23, 2008.

    A judge approved AMR's plan to merge with US Airways, a step toward creating the world's largest airline.

  • Free Hotel Wi-Fi Means More Profits: CEO Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 12:48 PM ET

    Road warriors rejoice! InterContinental Hotels Group will offer free Wi-Fi to all its loyalty program members in 2014, a perk more travelers demand.

  • US Airways CEO: Sometimes I Forget to Turn Off Cell Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 4:35 PM ET

    It's not up to the airlines whether passengers should be allowed to keep their devices on during takeoffs and landings, said Doug Parker, who will be CEO of the merged American Airlines.

  • First Voice-Activated Flight Search App Unveiled Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | 1:49 PM ET
    CheapAir's voice activated flight search app.

    CheapAir.com released the first-ever app allowing users to search for flights by simply speaking their request into an iPhone or iPad.

  • FAA May Allow Tablet Use During Flights: Report Monday, 25 Mar 2013 | 10:52 AM ET

    The FAA may announce by year's end relaxed rules, allowing use of tablets and reading devices during takeoff and landing, the New York Times reports.

  • Now Boarding Sooner: Fliers Without Carry-Ons Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 1:59 PM ET

    American is testing a new boarding procedure, allowing fliers without large carry-ons to board early. But is this a way to get passengers to pay checked bag fees?

  • Cutback in the Skies     Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 1:18 PM ET

    Which airports will lose funding from the FAA because of the sequester? CNBC's Hampton Pearson has the list.

  • A Southwest Airlines Co. plane stands between two AirTran Airways Inc. planes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

    Finally! Nearly two years after Southwest and AirTran merged, travelers can now buy a single ticket that contains flights on both airlines.

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