Airways slashing vacation schedules following mass furloughs, consultants advise when to e-book
Experts say if you are going to fly on vacation sooner rather than later, it is wise to book, especially with airlines that offer more flexibility than ever before.
CHARLOTTE, NC – Congress faces the fate of airlines tonight. President Trump has asked lawmakers to pay $ 25 billion to aid airline payroll support, but House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi is pushing back.
All of these could affect your travel plans and your wallet.
With Congress unable to agree on a new relief law, the deadline for a deal expired on October 1, bringing more than 32,000 airline employees to the unemployment line.
“These are people who have been at the forefront of this fight against the virus since it began. It’s cruel and needs to be reversed,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants.
Airlines have already started cutting flight schedules. American has canceled 86,000 flights, 46 percent from the November flight schedule alone.
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United Airlines also reduced its flight schedule by 52 percent over the same period.
“Airlines were far, far more inclined to conduct major operations on their flight schedules even after they were released,” said Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights.
“Given the number of people laid off and the fact that the airlines are feeling a little more precarious about their prospects for another Congress bailout,” Keyes said.
Keyes added if flying sooner rather than later to book your vacation it would be advisable, especially with airlines that offer more flexibility than ever before.
“I would set that as my internal deadline at the end of October,” he said. “The fact that airlines have eliminated these 2020 change fees even for basic economy bookings really puts travelers in an advantageous position where you can make plans in pencil rather than pen.”
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After initially saying goodbye to negotiations, President Trump said this week he was backing a targeted aid package for the airlines, but House Democrats want a bigger package that includes families and small businesses.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said she would not support an airline rescue package without a broader deal.
“There is no separate bill without a larger bill,” said Pelosi.
Meanwhile, airline CEOs are calling on Congress to act as thousands of airline employees on leave grapple with uncertainty.