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Good morning brides and Anti-Brides alike. It’s been awhile since my last update here, but that’s because we’ve been working on a new format. From now on, I’m going to point to some of the bigger stories of the last couple weeks and point you to what I’ve been saying about them. Think of it as a good news/bad news kind of piece that points out what you need to know about air travel. Let’s get started.

Good News: United Grows in Mexico
Now that United and Continental are merging, there is a renewed focus on Mexico from the United crew. Much of this is expanded service from United hubs to Mexico City as well as a flight from LAX to business-focused Leon. But for those of you in San Antonio, Austin, and Raleigh/Durham, you’ll now have weekly nonstop flights to Cancun. These flights will operate every Saturday throughout the winter season.
The New United Boosts Mexico and China, Adds Frequent Flier Reciprocity

Bad News: SFO is Last in On Time Arrivals
If you live in the Bay Area or are simply heading there for your wedding, you’ll be sad to know that SFO was last for on time arrivals in August. Why? It’s all about the fog. You might want to think about Oakland or San Jose if you’re on a tight schedule.
San Francisco’s Fog and Runway Problems Give the Airport a Dubious Honor

Good News: Cathay Pacific to Get New Economy Seats
If you’ve flown Cathay Pacific in the last couple years, you might know the pain of their economy seats. But now, Cathay is finally putting some new ones onboard since the chorus of angry cries has grown so loud.
Cathay Pacific Expected to Replace Pain-Inducing Coach Seats

Bad News: Cancellations More Likely if Long Delays are Present
The government-imposed 3 hour ground delay rule has reduced the number of people sitting on airplanes for long periods of time on the ground, but it’s also had an unpleasant side effect. If you do happen to be stuck on the ground for more than 2 hours, you’re now twice as likely to see your flight canceled.
Flights with Two Hour Ground Delays Were Twice as Likely to Cancel This Summer

That’s it for now. Happy flying.

 

Cranky Flier LogoIt’s not just people who get married. While they may call them mergers in the business world, these combinations are marriages of two cultures. Continental and United have announced that they’ll be walking down the aisle.

If you have plans to fly for your own wedding, don’t worry. Nothing will change in the near future. The merger isn’t expected to be completed until the end of this year, after details get ironed out and a lengthy review takes place by the Department of Justice. So until then, it will be business as usual. Once the merger is done, it will be a long slow process, as it has been for every other combination in the past.

Sure, it’s likely that routes will change and policies will too. As with any marriage, learning to live with each other is never easy. The problem here, of course, is that there are a lot more cooks in the kitchen and a lot more people who feel the pain when spats arise.

What should you do as a customer? Not much, actually. It’s just business as usual and they’ll let you know later on if anything is going to change for you. One thing you can bank on – if you have both United and Continental frequent flier accounts, they will eventually be merging. Right now you can use United miles on Continental flights and vice versa, but you can’t combine your United and Continental miles to use for one award. Once they come together, maybe you’ll have enough miles to get to some exotic Southeast Asian beach. Or hey, First Class to Venice? Sounds good to me.

So, bring your patience while these guys get used to sharing bank accounts and sleeping in the same bed. (Though to be fair, they’ve already been sleeping together for the last few months as part of Star Alliance.) To keep up to date you can follow them at their merger website, UnitedContinentalMerger.com.

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