United Airlines

Competition Pushing Airfares Down

At the beginning of the year, this publication laid out reasons why airfares may not follow dropping fuel costs. Nine months on, it’s clear they have, but it’s not all because of oil prices. Demand growth this year isn’t as robust as expected, dragged down by sharply reduced volumes from the energy sector. There’s been some pick-up in overall capacity led by…

AA-Delta Interlining Impact: Small But Not Insignificant

[UPDATE, Jan. 24, 2018: Delta Air Lines said it reached a new deal with American Airlines to handle customer reaccommodation during bad weather and other disruptions. “The new ticketing and baggage agreement will allow both carriers to rebook customers impacted by irregular operations on one another’s flights,” according to a Delta statement. A Delta official…

Booking Lufthansa Partner Codeshare Flights Has Consequences

As Lufthansa’s 16 euro fee for booking through global distribution channels apparently takes effect, some will seek a “loophole” by using partner codes. However, doing so can cause problems that call into question what the airline industry calls metal neutrality. Code shares within an airline joint venture provide many more travel options than a single carrier can with its own…

Clients Like Delta’s Performance Guarantee, But It’s Only A Start

Delta’s been on a roll during the past few years, and now it’s pressing the advantage. The airline will compensate well-performing corporate accounts when on-time performance and completion factor are worse than both American’s and United’s after a full calendar year. Because Delta has been running a tight ship, it’s not a very risky move. Travel managers like it and they, too, have…

Visa, United Add Key Piece To Ancillary Reporting Puzzle

It was a long time coming, but standardized, global credit card reporting on ancillary airline spending is finally in place — at least for United Airlines’ corporate accounts using Visa cards. The airline in April began sending data through Visa using defined category formats that identify things like bag fees, upgrades and inflight WiFi. Using…

New United Reports Promise More Accurate Emissions Data

[UPDATE, Feb 3, 2017: We published new information related to this article here.] The U.S. government appears poised to recognize that airplanes cause air pollution. Airlines already know this. They’ve done a lot to mitigate the impact. To help corporate clients with theirs, United Airlines this year created custom emissions reports and carbon offset options….

Big Air Automating Waivers

Soft-dollar benefits in airline relationships traditionally don’t get the same kind of play as negotiated discounts, but they’re worth real money too. A few years ago, Delta Air Lines created a banking system that assigned value to waivers and favors, and now American Airlines is automating the concept. Delta and United Airlines also expect to…

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