Southwest Airlines won’t add bag fees

Southwest Airlines won’t add bag fees


Bags will continue to fly free at Southwest Airlines.

Under pressure to generate more revenue, the chief executive of the Dallas-based carrier rejected suggestions that the airline start charging customers to check luggage, even though bag fees have generated billions of dollars for other airlines.

The nation’s top 13 airlines collected $3.8 billion in bag fees during 2015, plus $3 billion in charges paid by passengers who change or cancel reservations, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Southwest is the only major U.S. airline that doesn’t charge passengers to check their first two bags or to change flight reservations.

During a quarterly earnings conference call with analysts recently, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said he won’t consider instituting such fees, as some industry analysts have urged.

“We have a unique and beloved position in the industry with this approach and we would be foolish to squander it,” Kelly said.

Earn reward points on Delta Air Lines to fly on private jet


Collect enough loyalty reward points on Delta Air Lines and you can book a flight on your own private jet.

Under a change in Delta’s SkyMiles loyalty reward program, members can accumulate miles toward a flight on Delta Private Jets, a subsidiary of the Atlanta-based airline that operates more than 70 Wi-Fi equipped jets. The change took effect last week.

For example, Delta SkyMiles members who earn 2.5 million miles can get $25,000 on a cash card to book a flight on Delta Private Jets, which is based in Kentucky but flies throughout the country on an on-demand basis.

Delta is not the only airline to partner with a charter jet company. New York-based JetBlue Airways said recently that it made a minority equity investment in the private charter company JetSuiteX, based in Irvine, Calif.

Under its partnership, fliers on JetSuiteX earn points on JetBlue’s loyalty reward program, TrueBlue, to fly on JetBlue flights.

TripAdvisor, EatWith partner on social dining experience


It’s now easier to book a private world-class meal in cities around the world.

Travel website TripAdvisor announced last week that it has made an investment in social dining service EatWith that will help match travelers with local chefs for a unique dining experience in a private setting, often the chef’s own home.

The investment amount was not disclosed.

When travelers visit TripAdvisor’s restaurants pages they will be able to research social dining options under a new “Dine with a Local Chef” category and click through to EatWith to complete the booking.

The service will be available in 10 cities at first, with more to be added. Those cities are Barcelona, San Francisco, New York, Sao Paulo, Paris, Rome, London, Milan, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv.

Combined dispatches

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