More than 12,000 flights delayed, hundreds canceled during busy July Fourth weekend

Transportation Department proposes stricter rules for airline refunds after complaints surge

Travelers at LaGuardia Airport in New York on June 30, 2022. Leslie Josephs | CNBC Airlines have canceled more than 1,100 US flights since Friday and more than 12,000 were delayed, a chaotic holiday weekend after a messy spring for air travel angered passengers and drew sharp criticism from Washington. On Friday, the delays included … Read more

JetBlue forecasts return to profit in third quarter, holds back on growth as costs surge

JetBlue forecasts return to profit in third quarter, holds back on growth as costs surge

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 passenger aircraft landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Nik Oiko | LightRocket | Getty Images JetBlue Airways said Tuesday that it expects to return to its first profit since the pandemic began this quarter and that it would remain cautious on growth while costs surge. The … Read more

How JetBlue’s takeover of Spirit could change air travel

How JetBlue's takeover of Spirit could change air travel

Passengers wait in line at the Spirit Airlines check-in counter at Orlando International Airport. Paul Hennessey | LightRocket | Getty Images Spirit Airlines relented this week and agreed to sell itself to JetBlue Airways for $3.8 billion, hours after breaking off a merger agreement with Frontier Airlines that failed to win enough shareholder support. The … Read more

JetBlue to buy Spirit for $3.8 billion after months-long fight for discounter

JetBlue to buy Spirit for $3.8 billion after months-long fight for discounter

A JetBlue airliner lands past a Spirit Airlines jet on taxi way at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport on Monday, April 25, 2022. (Joe Cavaretta/Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) Joe Cavaretta | Sun Sentinel | Getty Images JetBlue Airways has reached a $3.8 billion deal to buy Spirit Airlines in a takeover that … Read more

How to save money on travel? Five tips for cheaper flights and hotels

How to save money on travel?  Five tips for cheaper flights and hotels

1. Finding cheaper flights Those who are strategic about saving spend 23% less on flights than those who aren’t, according to a survey of budget travelers by the booking site VacationRenter. Top strategies include booking with a budget carrier (52%), sticking to one carry-on bag (48%), using credit card points or rewards (39%) and tracking … Read more

Airlines face big rebooking challenges this summer

Airlines face big rebooking challenges this summer

Airline passengers, some not wearing face masks following the end of Covid-19 public transportation rules, sit during an American Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California to Denver, Colorado on April 19, 2022. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Airlines that once touted globe-spanning destinations, promising … Read more

Spirit-Frontier merger in question after another vote delay, JetBlue circles

Spirit-Frontier merger in question after another vote delay, JetBlue circles

The fate of Spirit Airlines’ merger with fellow budget carrier Frontier Airlines is growing murkier. Spirit this week delayed its shareholder meeting for a third time, opening the door to more talks from both Frontier and rival suitor JetBlue Airways. The latter two delays each came just hours before Spirit shareholders were due to vote … Read more