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SHOULD READ: BA/IB/AA tie up
As reported by BT and other news agencies today, BA/IB/AA tie up seem close to fruition after years of negotiations to gain antitrust exemptions in EU and US.
Do you think the advantages such as reciprocal miles earn/redeem on BA/AA outweigh potential fare increases? Do you think we will see major increases in fares?
One German travel manager in the Finance industry reportedly believed that CO’s introduction to Star increased premium fares ex.FRA to key destinations such as NYC.
So what do fellow travellers think will happen on the trans-Atlantic market?
difficult to see fares going up as they are ridiculous at the moment already.
Only an idiot would fly AA at the moment (Sorry george, others) although I guess they are at least getting flat beds in Biz
travelled 2.5 hours in first from Dallas to Palm springs with AA despite the fact it is internal US because it was part of a transatlantic connection i got no miles or status points. Its a rubbish connection by the way go to LAX and take a united connection if you need to go LHR PSP.
considering STARs existing immunity there are no real grounds to oppose with them giving up slots
Hi everyone !
the assumption is right — it is only a normal development. Once you become a member of an alliance, the members are of course would not undermine any other members( well not intentionally ). So there are good and bad sides of an alliance. As am pro pax rights – it is a sad one to know and feel in your pocket that prices have risen. But that is the normal development of prices. So one is always aware to find the best fare.
BA/IB tie up good? Wonderful idea….IB long haul business class could show BA how to do it properly!! Just like the old days…quality food, staff and timing. IB have now stretched the bed to flat and verrrrry long by removing a row of seats. The cabin crew are laid back but so professional and smart.
I have flown IB and BA long/short haul many times over the last few years and IB win hands down every time.