Should US Airways be allowed to merge with American?

Halfway there! / Photo by Christopher Elliott

We’re halfway through our cross-country trip, which accounts for the lateness of my newsletter.

I have mergers on my mind today. But before I get into this week’s can’t-miss content, a quick question: Have you ever run up a big roaming bill on your cell phone while traveling overseas? Tell me your horror story, please. I’m working on an article. Here’s how to contact me.

I had a great time in Monterey, Calif., speaking to my friends at the western conference of the Vacation Rental Managers Association this week. We’re making our way back east now after having racked up more than 4,000 miles on our Honda Accord. Here’s a little slideshow from our first leg, to Rockport, Tex.

A big shout-out to our underwriters at Squaremouth today. If you need travel insurance, be sure to check Squaremouth — you’ll be glad you did!

Please check out my Mint story on the anatomy of a scam today. It may prevent you from getting scammed!

You can’t miss my National Geographic Traveler column on pet peeves. If you travel with cats, dogs or kids, this one’s just for you.

I have way too much on my blog this week to link to all of it. A few highlights: Sound off on the likely merger between US Airways and American. Tell me if car rental insurance is a scam. And two words: Spirit Air. That’s just the half of it.

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

Christopher Elliott

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  • Raven_Altosk

    Another merger? Meh. I bet in another 10 years they’ve all merged together and we only have one ginormous legacy airline…

    Read about the obese pax suing SWA for “discrimination?”
    I told y’all this was coming. They want obesity to become the next protected class. What I want to know is when will someone make a rule that makes sense like, if you need a seat belt extender, you must buy two seats!?!?!?

  • RITom

    US and AA will merge or they will lose out to UA / DL as they will out price time. SW will only be a competitor in the local markets, they will never become a big boy because they do not have the guts to buy more then one type of plane to travel overseas. 

    Raven, I am offended with your statement that obese people should be a protected class.  They are a marjority now. Just go to any Walmart and the overweight people that exceed the MBI is in proportion to the number of obese people that say they have a “medical conditon”  a/k/a the Dunkin Donuts Syndrom.  These are the same people who think that you can mail a 20 lb book in a #10 envelope for .45 cents

    What we need is Ryan Air and Sprit Airlines is to charge by the POUND and still how fast these people shut up! 

  • jennj99738

     I don’t think Raven said obese people should be a protected class but that obese people themselves think they should be a protected class.  Raven doesn’t strike me as politically correct.  Sorry, Raven! 

    I don’t agree that obesity is a protected class.  Individual diseases that may result from obesity could be protected but not obesity itself.  If you need two seats, buy two seats or pay for first class.  I paid for my seat, 100% of it.  If the woman wasn’t charged for two seats consistently as she claimed, she got lucky.  I think they should put two sample seats (sort of like the luggage sizing boxes) and check everybody who is close in size.  The woman who is suing will still claim this is humiliating.  You can’t win.