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While American Airlines and US Airways Still Have to Convince the FTC That Their Proposed Merger Doesn’t Create a Monopoly, Do You Think It’s a Good Idea?

ABC News U.S. 2013/02/18 21:00:00
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American Airlines and US Airways still have to convince the Federal Trade Commission that their proposed merger doesn't create a monopoly, but company officials and industry observers seem confident it will go through.

So, if you're a frequent flyer on one, the other, or both, how will this affect you? Well, first of all, even the airlines themselves acknowledge the full merger process will take at least 18 months. So if you're worried about your frequent flyer miles, you have a year and a half to burn through them. In fact, while the two airlines are in the process of smushing themselves into one, you may well be able to use each airline's miles on the other. That's what Continental and United did when they merged.

All in all, travel experts say miles-holders usually "fare" fine in these situations -- pardon the pun. But there are upsides and downsides to everything. Click on the link below for some of the main ones.

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  • Professor Wizard 2013/02/21 19:57:56
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Professor Wizard
    +3
    American sucks as an airline... lousy fares, poor service, and padded charges everywhere you look. Almost criminal.

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  • Laura 2013/02/22 19:49:38
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    Laura
    Was there this much outrage when Delta or United merged with other airlines? You people are a bunch of "goons". Delta happens to be the most expensive airline flying in the US.
  • Liberty Blade 2013/02/22 19:07:58
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Liberty Blade
    +1
    I meant yes. Oops. There are still several airlines flying in America. Southwest for one. A monopoly is when there is zero competition. A oligarchy is when there are a lot of big guys duking it out. What we have here is an oligarchy.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/22 13:01:43
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    While the commie media brainwashes it's viewers, the reality is that it is private enterprise and should be allowed to expand. People forget where jobs come from.

    The government is a monopoly. We don't hear liberals crying about that.
  • Laura Torchma... 2013/02/22 19:55:01
    Laura
    +2
    well said.
  • Big Daddy 2013/02/22 12:33:34
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    Big Daddy
    They ain't said nutten about the OIL Monopoly because it makes them so much money.... As long as the government gets it's cut .... no problem
  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2013/02/22 09:29:45
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
    +2
    The feds need to keep their big noses out of it for once. Please, leave the economy alone for once!!
  • Sam 2013/02/22 04:14:52
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    Sam
    Lets be honest folks - the reason why America was set up was get us to a place in capitalism...where we will spend our own money to go on vacations. What is the harm?
  • RoyJLores 2013/02/22 02:05:16
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    RoyJLores
    +1
    Last I checked this 2 companies are not the only airlines around offering passenger service so the argument of a monopoly is absurd.
  • Platinum Fangs 2013/02/21 22:30:50
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    Platinum Fangs
    Don't give a damn after midwest airlines shut down. Business class for everyone and free cookies. Last time I checked, Alaska airlines didn't have that kind of comfort available.
  • 1philb 2013/02/21 21:59:04
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    1philb
    When United merged with Continental, it was a sad day. United just plain or plane SUCKS!! If the results are the same on the American, US Air deal, flying will become almost as bad as riding buses cross country, just faster.
  • Sid DaBunneh 2013/02/21 20:46:12
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Sid DaBunneh
    Then again flying hasn't been any fun since Ex President Reagan union busted Patco and Homeland Insecurity gets their rocks off stealing laptops. I'll drive thanks.
  • Professor Wizard 2013/02/21 19:57:56
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Professor Wizard
    +3
    American sucks as an airline... lousy fares, poor service, and padded charges everywhere you look. Almost criminal.
  • John 2013/02/21 18:58:58
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2013/02/21 18:58:49
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +1
    This question will make more sense when if ever they merge with say Delta. The biggest problem with the major airlines is their business model. Mostly their antiquated over use of the hub system. This has created a niche that has been filled by better thought out models like JetBlue & Southwest.
  • mm61675 littleb... 2013/02/21 20:27:53
    mm61675
    +1
    I only fly Southwest. Best service ever
  • littleb... mm61675 2013/02/21 20:32:40
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    I like Southwest as well. I prefer JetBlue. The reality is that if you fly enough and because of airport gate lease's you may not always have those choices.

    I recently flew to Dayton Ohio (Ugh). Those were not practical choices so it was American and the horrid Hub stuff. Dallas on the way and Chicago O'hare on the return. Very long travel days!
  • Jimm 2013/02/21 18:08:16
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Jimm
    +2
    When Piedmont became US Air things went downhill. USAirways has been on the verge of disaster frequently...as has American, so the merger of the two seems to me like blending two losers into one huge loser!
  • mike j 2013/02/21 17:33:30
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    mike j
    They will merge and in a few months start downsizing , this will leave room for other airlines to take some gates that they cant get into now. There will be ticket price adjustment but fuel and labor prices are going up so tickets are going up anyway .
  • chucky 2013/02/21 17:21:16
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    chucky
    Starts a monopoly type situation.
  • Rdtourist 2013/02/21 17:05:38
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    Rdtourist
    Yes or no, airlines have been a defacto monopoly for many years, most offering fares within a few net dollars of each other and using common aircraft across most fleets.
  • RJeffreySavlov 2013/02/21 16:56:41
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    RJeffreySavlov
    +2
    If they can't run profitably maybe it's time to reexamine their business model.
  • Golden Panther 2013/02/21 16:45:16
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Golden Panther
    +1
    Has nothing to do with creating a monopoly, it rather is a function of US Airways destroying yet another carrier much as they have done in the past with other ill fated mergers. Remember, this is the same airline that hit an open man hole in its maiden jet flight upon taxing for takeoff from Pittsburgh International..
  • Christopher Kirchen 2013/02/21 16:40:36
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    Christopher Kirchen
    I wouldn't care if it did; a business increasing its prosperity is a good thing.
  • Sodahead Founders are Fascists 2013/02/21 16:24:19
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    Sodahead Founders are Fascists
    +1
    Monopolies are good.
    It is the natural course of a free market, and Free Market Capitalism is a God.
    Who are you to question God, you heretic heathen?
  • Bibliop... Sodahea... 2013/02/21 17:45:04
    Bibliophilic
    LOL!
  • Waiting in the Wings 2013/02/21 14:43:02
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Waiting in the Wings
    +1
    There is already talk of increasing fares due to the merger.
  • Straud1976 2013/02/21 14:34:57
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Straud1976
    +2
    They will jack up their fares because they can now. This only mean less competition.
  • sneekyfoot 2013/02/21 13:56:16
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    sneekyfoot
    It will be a bigger target for lawsuits , lawyers will love it.
  • Glen McLeod 2013/02/21 13:52:26
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Glen McLeod
    who cares, average people don't fly that often anyway.cares average people fly
  • David (oYo) 2013/02/21 10:10:06
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2013/02/21 09:22:14 (edited)
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    AA is the only US based airline who is part of One World (partners with British Airways, Iberia, etc). US Airways and United are partnered with Star Alliance (Lufthansa in the EU). I carry miles with both alliances, but I'm basically going to get screwed out of one of them because I fly internationally every year.

    European carriers like British Airways, Lufthansa, and Turkish Airlines continue to provide a far superior level of service (in the economy cabins) compared to the US based competitors... for the same fares, may times better. Even the staff in airports like Heathrow, Frankfurt, and Brussels tend to be much more courteous and helpful (the security police in Frankfurt spoke better English than most Americans).

    I'm not asking to go back to the days when flying was only for the rich. We don't need piano bars taking up 200 seats on a plane... just the decent treatment that one would expect as a human being who has paid good money and just wants to get home.
  • senvestoj 2013/02/21 08:47:20
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    senvestoj
    Actually, "Other"

    The only way it is possible to sustain a monopoly is if the government interferes. Therefore, airlines should be allowed to merge, split, start, and go out of business as demand increases and decreases without government interference. The only legitimate role of the government is for a redress of grievances if one party takes advantage of another party.
  • strawberry 2013/02/21 07:30:24
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    strawberry
    Much better service, better maintained planes. People pay very high airfare costs and get nothing. I don't believe this will cause a much higher rise in their airfare, just the opposite.
  • findthelight2000 2013/02/21 06:50:38 (edited)
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    findthelight2000
    +1
    Wake Up Conservatives..., this is your doing! Where are the regulations killed by Reagan that limited the size of Corporations?
  • Kozmo findthe... 2013/02/21 08:36:44
    Kozmo
    You recall Deregulation
  • findthe... Kozmo 2013/02/21 17:13:00
    findthelight2000
    +1
    Yes, and it isn't pretty.
  • Beat Ma... findthe... 2013/02/21 09:22:59
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    Thank God for deregulation... I can afford to get home.
  • findthe... Beat Ma... 2013/02/21 17:13:14 (edited)
    findthelight2000
    +1
    It might be different in Slovakia, but it is not a good thing here in the USA.
  • Eddie Arnold 2013/02/21 04:35:45
    No, because there is the potential for higher fares and fewer partner airlines
    Eddie Arnold
    It will create a monopoly, and an even larger, money sucking corporation. What ever happened to the many small companies ideology? If these companies don't stop absorbing each other, we'll have a monopoly.
  • Sterling 2013/02/21 04:22:58
    Yes, because there will be more places to go and other perks
    Sterling
    +1


    This isn't a monopoly firstly, there is a great amount of competition in air travel, and not only that there are more ways to get from A to B than just by flying, so we have auto, bus, and railroad all competing in the same market.

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