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An American Airlines 737-800 taxing at Boston Logan International Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks

Opinion: Why Be a Frequent Flyer Program Prisoner?

I love frequent flyer programs. Honestly, it may be safer to say I love all of the debate and discussion they create. Whether it's about how to achieve an airline's highest level of status for as cheap as possible or whether the rewards are actually worth the cost, I could talk for days about the troubled, yet sometimes beautiful world that are airline frequent flyer programs. That's why I found a USA Today article that poses the question of if…

Opinion: Why I Will Dearly Miss American’s ‘Super 80s’

Call me dramatic, perhaps a bit over-emotional, or nostalgic, but I am indeed in love with American’s long-time workhorse MD-80 fleet. While other airlines, including Delta, will continue to operate the type after American retires theirs on Wednesday, Sept. 4, there are many things that make AA’s ‘Super 80s’ stand…

Opinion: When Almost Meaningless Airline Marketing Succeeds in Going Viral

I've been thinking a lot about airline marketing lately, having first came to mind after watching Delta make comparatively minor changes to its economy class service offerings and seeing how news outlets both large and small reacted. While I saw those changes as more important for other reasons, there's no…

Opinion: When Almost Meaningless Airline Marketing Succeeds in Going Viral

I've been thinking a lot about airline marketing lately, having first came to mind after watching Delta make comparatively minor changes to its economy class service offerings and seeing how news outlets both large and small reacted. While I saw those changes as more important for other reasons, there's no…

It Matters: Delta’s Commitment to Economy Puts Them Above the…

On Sunday, a fellow AirlineGeeks writer published his take on Delta's economy class improvements. While I won't rehash in great detail the specifics of the news, his argument was pretty simple: "it doesn't matter." I would argue that it does. No matter how you slice it, the majority of an…

Opinion: Why Passengers Need to Put a Stop to Airline…

A report from USA Today released last week detailed the airlines' success in continuing to up their revenues from ancillary fees. According to the report, airlines in the first quarter of 2019 earned $1.3 billion in baggage fees alone, an increase of $170 million from the year before. After American,…

My Unpopular Opinion: It’s the MD-80’s Time To Go

Before anyone breaks out the pitchforks and torches, let me explain myself. It shouldn’t take too long, and if you still want to afterward, go for it. I write this article wholeheartedly recognizing the McDonnell Douglas MD-80’s place in aviation history, especially in the U.S. For decades, it was a…

Opinion: Low-Cost Transatlantic Business Model is Flawed

WOW Air ceased operations recently, making it another low-cost transatlantic carrier to essentially shut its doors overnight. WOW air left thousands of passengers stranded without much recourse. Planes are scattered around airports waiting to be repossessed by lenders, including one Airbus A321 in Newark. A few years ago, fueled by…

Opinion: Now Is Not the Time for Free Wi-Fi

Earlier this week, Air New Zealand announced it would begin offering free Wi-Fi on all flights that feature properly equipped aircraft, effective immediately. The airline's newly delivered Airbus A320neo family aircraft are already equipped and the airline is working on adding the proper hardware to its Boeing 777 fleet before…

Opinion: Why Airline Consolidation Still Remains a Scary Possibility

On Feb. 24, the Dallas Morning News published on why American Airlines' Dallas/Fort Worth hub isn't so "scary" anymore. Let me preface this piece by saying, largely, I agree with them. The hub here at Dallas/Fort Worth has slowly become less detrimental to passengers' traveling opportunities. It used to be…