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  • United Airlines First Class Cabin

    More airlines are adding lie-flat seats in premium cabins, extra legroom seats in coach and enhancing Wi-Fi to attract higher spending road warriors.

  • An Airbus A318 with the logo of US company Frontier Airlines is seen on the tarmac of Hamburg Finkernwerder airport.

    Frontier Airlines announced more programming with variable pricing for its DirecTV service beginning July 1.

  • Airplane

    Add-on fees for checking bags, priority boarding, roomier seats and onboard snacks are here to stay. Airlines need the money to cover rising costs and one study claims the fees are good for consumer choice.

  • Airplane on runway

    The nation's largest carriers are getting passengers to destinations at a record clip, according to new data from the US Transportation Department. Here's the best — and the worst.

  • The engine of the Airbus A380 at the Airbus plant in Hamburg on October 30, 2009.

    United Technologies’ CFO said the Pratt & Whitney division is seeing weak jet engine parts sales, attributing the weakness to airlines conserving cash. And GE's Aviation divison is seeing softness in the market.

  • Southwest Airlines planes

    Major airlines appear to have selectively matched sale fares that Southwest and subsidiary AirTran unveiled on Tuesday, USA Today reports.

  • Power strip

    Airports and some airlines understand the needs of digital travelers and are making more electrical outlets available.

  • Elite status in an airline loyalty program used to be an exclusive club. But benefits have slowly eroded as more people gain status or purchase the same level of priority access.

  • The left-turn drive down

    The display at a recent transportation conference offered a peek into the future of automotive safety: cars that to talk to each other and warn drivers of impending collisions.

  • Airplane

    Everyday spending can bring you closer to an award trip using frequent flyer miles. Here are my tips on how to quickly rack up the most miles in a short amount of time.

  • Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday the government can't prohibit airlines from charging fees for preferred seats.

  • Credit Cards

    It's common to whip out your credit card when traveling abroad. But some cards carry additional fees or might not work at all. Here are some tips to ensure a smooth sailing trip overseas.

  • Carry on luggage compartment

    More airlines are hoping to discourage passengers from bringing oversize carry-on bags to the gate by adding fees. Is your favorite airline next?

  • Starbucks

    A 275 page report sheds light on what may have happened in the last days of MF Global, airlines consider more fees, Starbucks spends $100 million on bread companies, CBS Outdoor billboards business could fetch $6 billion.

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    Socializing at Sheraton Hotels just got a little more upscale. The hotel chain now offers social hours featuring premium wine tasting events complete with Riedel stemware.

  • United Airlines "BusinessFirst Meal"

    Passengers flying in premium cabins on international flights with United Airlines will experience upgraded dining options. New, multi-course meals ending with made-to-order ice cream sundaes begin June 1.

  • A passenger checks in at a United Continental Holdings Inc. kiosk.

    United Airlines will cut 1,300 jobs and reduce flying in Houston after losing a fight to block Southwest Airlines from adding international flights there.

  • Ultraviolet Light Wand

    In a welcome relief to germaphobes everywhere, the Best Western hotel chain housekeepers are using black lights to detect biological matter, and ultraviolet light wands to zap away germs.

  • Delta Airlines

    Delta will offer enhanced legroom seating in economy class on all domestic and international flights beginning June 7. The seats are located in the first few rows of coach and are available for purchase, or free to elite frequent flyers.

  • Hotel room keycard on table

    If you like the comfort of booking your stay on a hotel-owned website and dealing directly with the property, consider a new option, RoomKey.com, which is designed to compete with online travel agencies.