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“A tough but doable trip has turned into a nightmare”

John Dunlop’s daughter, Francine, was supposed to fly from Copenhagen to Washington with her four children, including six-month old twins, last Friday. All by herself.

Talk about an impossible trip.

But then KLM made it even more impossible when it denied her boarding four times.

“A tough but doable trip has turned into a nightmare,” says Dunlop, a foreign service officer stationed in Iraq.
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Someone just did something about the ‘stranglehold’ on airline competition

Yesterday, my colleague Kendall Creighton asked if the big three airlines have a “stranglehold” on three New York area airports.

She noted that Virgin America, Frontier Airlines, Allegiant Air, Spirit Airlines and Alaska Airlines sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration and the US Department of Transportation, complaining about the “vise grip” on hundreds of takeoff and landing slots in New York.
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Delta bends a rule after daughter’s tragic death

I’m honored to introduce our newest columnist, Andrew Der. His weekly feature is called “The Good News Guy” and it offers a much-needed counterpoint to all the negative stories on this site. I hope you find this feature as uplifting and inspiring as I have.

Too often, airline rules add insult to injury.

If you cancel a flight, for example, they make you pay even more for a new one, assuming the fees and fare differential don’t consume the entire value of your credit. And forget about changing the name on your ticket — it’s not allowed.

But those rules are not written in stone. Thank goodness for that.
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Hey airlines, enough with the musical chairs!

Shortly before Deb Knapp flew from Fort Lauderdale to Johannesburg on Delta Air Lines, she made a troubling discovery: The “comfort” coach seats for which she’d paid an extra $358 had been changed. On the transatlantic flight, the airline re-seated her two rows away from her husband, James. It was his birthday.
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Are new loyalty programs fair to travelers?

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If you’re unhappy with your loyalty program, join the club. So is William Beeman, a Delta Air Lines frequent flier who’s been trying to score an upgrade from San Francisco to Geneva after surgery to reattach his quadriceps at the knee.

Trying and failing.

For him, the process feels like a bait-and-switch. To avoid being wedged into a Lilliputian economy-class seat for 14 hours, Beeman says he worked hard to earn elite status on Delta. But when he tried to redeem his miles for an upgrade, the airline wanted even more.
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Why can’t I change the name on my frequent flier award ticket?

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Delta won’t make a name change on a mileage ticket, endangering one family’s cruise. Can this trip be saved?

Question: I recently booked four tickets between Milwaukee and New Orleans using my Delta SkyMiles so that my husband, son and my son’s friend could fly to our cruise port. All was well, but then my son’s friend’s parents decided that they would not get him a passport, as they had promised, so we had to make changes to the cruise and the airline to accommodate a new guest.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines was great about making the change — just some correspondence from our travel agent did the trick. However — and I think you know what is coming — Delta is refusing to make a name change. Its policy is never to make name changes. Delta offered to allow me to re-deposit the miles for a $150 charge per ticket, and then let me re-purchase the ticket using SkyMiles. But the cost for the ticket has quadrupled, going from 25,000 miles to 100,000 miles.
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