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October 12, 2011

Corporate Traveler’s Advised to Beware of Airline Bankruptcy Rumors and Holiday Fees

by AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing

With our ever changing economy, business travelers can expect to see more airline mergers, and they can expect to pay more in taxes, and fees too.

We’d like to share with you some recent developments that business travelers should be aware of.

If you are planning on flying American Airlines in the coming months, you may want to proceed cautiously as the company is rumored to file for bankruptcy. Most likely a bankruptcy won’t impact your flight, but in the past, when an airline has filed bankruptcy, flights have been cut and re-arranged. Flyer beware.

In other airline news, you may already know about the recent merger between United Airlines and Continental. Since the merger, the two companies are planning on having one reservation system for all of their bookings, starting at the beginning of 2012. Whenever a huge switch like this occurs, issues and longer waits are always a possibility so keep this in mind when traveling these airlines in the new year. If you are a member of the Red Carpet Club (United) or the President’s Club (Continental) these have also been merged to form the new United Club.

Further, as you may recall, last year most major airlines imposed higher fees for high peak travel days. Despite trends from recent years, we have seen airlines actually decrease their fees for peak travel days which are: November 27, 28, December 22, 23, 26, and January 2. If traveling for business or pleasure, try to book your travel now and beware the prices on peak travel days may be higher and worth avoiding if possible.

Business traveling by air isn’t easy – we hope these tips will make the travel burden a bit easier in the coming months. Good luck!

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