If you’ve ever flown with the budget carrier, you know that Spirit Airlines’ baggage limit for a personal item is uniquely small. Customers who haven’t paid the mandatory fee of $35 (online) to $65 (at the gate) for a carry-on are only allowed a personal item about the size of a tote bag, day pack, or very small duffel—under 18 x 14 x 8 inches, to be exact. It’s difficult to fit everything you need for a weekend into those dimensions, but it’s not impossible; I’ve done it many times with the help of a near-maximum (or ever-so-slightly over-the-maximum) personal item like the ones below. Related: Personal Item Luggage That Make Great Day Bags The Best Personal Items for Spirit Airlines’ Baggage Limit Here are the best bags for maximizing Spirit Airlines’ baggage allowance and avoiding a paid carry-on bag. Note: Because in recent years Spirit has become much more lax about actually measuring cabin bags, I’ve included a couple … [Read more...] about 10 Best Personal Items for Spirit Airlines’ Baggage Limit
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Even before a big winter storm looms into the forecast, you should be aware of your travel rights for winter storm flight cancellations—which can come in sudden, widespread waves, causing airport panic that makes it hard to think clearly. Because passengers actually do have an array of rights in winter weather cancellations. The first fact you need to know is that, in recent years, airlines have adopted a policy of making widespread, preemptive cancellations in advance of an actual storm. They rely on weather reports in order to manage their planes and flight personnel more efficiently, to make sure planes and crews are in a position to re-start operations most readily, and to avoid the huge fines they have to pay if they strand you on the tarmac for more than three hours. While this approach occasionally means cancelling flights that could really have operated, for the most part, preemptive cancellations seem to work better. Related:5 Insurance Tips for Avoiding Winter Flight … [Read more...] about What Are My Rights in a Winter Storm Flight Cancellation?
Passengers board an Alitalia flight from Rome. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP Some 200 international and domestic flights have been cancelled this week ahead of yet another strike at Italy's troubled Alitalia airline. Alitalia pilots and flight attendants are preparing to strike on Wednesday, October 9th, but the disruption is expected to start from Tuesday evening and last into Thursday morning. READ ALSO: What are my rights if a flight is cancelled or delayed? The airline has cancelled scores of flights on Wednesday and around a dozen on the days either side. For a full list, see here (Wednesday) and here (Tuesday and Thursday). Most of the fights affected are within Italy, and all are within Europe. Flights scheduled between 7-10 am and 6-9 pm on Wednesday will operate as planned, Alitalia said. The airline estimates that 70 percent of travellers will be able to fly that day. The walk-out relates to the protracted negotiations over a deal to rescue … [Read more...] about Alitalia strike: 200 flights to and from Italy cancelled
CHICAGO — United Airlines is the third and final U.S. airline to give up plans to return a grounded Boeing plane to service this year. United said Friday it will keep its Boeing 737 Max jets out of its schedule until Jan. 6, about three weeks longer than previously planned. Without the planes, United says it will cancel nearly 8,300 flights from October through early January. American and Southwest already pushed the plane's earliest return into January. Those are the only other U.S. airlines that operated the Max before it was grounded in March after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. By acting months in advance, the airlines are removing the risk that their schedules around Christmas and New Year's could be scrambled by the absence of the Max. … [Read more...] about United Airlines extends schedule without grounded Boeing Max
American Airlines is shuffling senior management in a bid to fix flight problems and reverse a stock slump.American said Thursday it will assign a senior vice president to each of four areas: operations, airline network, revenue and customers. They’ll report to American’s president, Robert Isom, who says the new structure will sharpen American’s focus on reliability.A senior vice president who oversees customer service, Kerry Philipovitch, 49, will retire at the end of the year. She says it’s a long-planned personal decision.American is under pressure from investors because its stock price has dropped by nearly half since the start of 2018. This summer, American’s operation was plagued by widespread delays and cancellations, many of which management blamed on a work slowdown by mechanics seeking leverage in contract negotiations. … [Read more...] about American Airlines shuffles execs in bid to fix flight issues