Login | Register | Subscribe to the GG RSS Feed

Delta Northwest Merger: How Will It Affect Your Vacation?

Are giant airlines better for your budget?

Last night's announcement that Delta and Northwest are officially merged is no surprise for travelers. The deal has been in the works for ages, making a mega airline with 800 planes going to 67 countries.

The good news is that there's virtually nowhere you can't go on Delta now. There are over 390 airports you can fly in to, since the two Delta/Northwest MergeDelta/Northwest Mergeairlines' route networks mesh together nicely. Delta's strengths are international flights to Latin America and Europe, and domestically it's strongest in the eastern States. According to AP News, "Northwest would complement that with its near-lock in the Midwest along with flights to its Tokyo hub and other points in Asia."

Which means that if you live near a hub (and haven't used up your vacation time for the year), world travel without transfers is yours for the taking.

The bad news is that giant airlines don't offer giant savings. Well they do...but not like budget start-ups. Remember when (now bust) Skybus started to offer $10 fares? The big guys went nuts and started offering deals to compete with them. But at the moment there isn't a comparable carrier, so Delta/Northwest won't be beating their deals.

However, with their combined power, the new airline can offer regular schedules and consistent pricing not seen on small carriers. Unfortunately, with fewer big players the chance of a monopoly and price-fixing goes way up. Here's hoping for a cost-conscious carrier that helps keep our getaways under budget.

Got any travel plans coming up that will let you take advantage of the merger?

Related Stories

Rate This post

Post new comment




GoGirlfriend Recommendations

Travel Planning

Fodors
Lonely Planet
Frommers

Register

Membership is free and with it you can set up a profile, vote on stories and post your opinions.

Already a member?
Login

Not a member? Join!
Register


Most Recent Comments

  • On 6 Tips to Survive (and Thrive) in Self-Isolation, admin said "Thanks Bat-El for the great tip. We've included your link in our Bonus Ideas from our Community section so others can enjoy. I really enjoyed the Stonehenge tour ... it's on my bucket list!"
  • On 6 Tips to Survive (and Thrive) in Self-Isolation, Bat-El Galor said "My name is Bat-El, and I'm working in collaboration with Travel Trend website. We've recently published a post -"Top 100 virtual tours around the world". After looking at these wonderful tips to survive in self-isolation; It occurred to me that our post could also contribute to your readers with further virtual tours resources. The post includes 100 links to virtual tours and unique experiences around the world. Feel free to check out the link and enjoy your travels ... https://www.trvltrend.com/technology/virtual-tours/ Cheers,"
  • On Cuba Travel ~ 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go, admin said "Thanks Gordon for the update ... and given most routes to the resorts on the coast are an hour+ and it's Cuban warm, that money for a beverage is a great tip!"
  • On Cuba Travel ~ 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go, Gordon Mitchell said "Over the last few years The $25 departure tax has been included in your airfare. Make sure you convert your cash at the airport so you can buy a cold beer on the bus on your way to the resort. They will take canadian money but not loonies and toonies. "
  • On Lesbian Adventure Travel, Debbie Clarke said "If you're considering New Zealand, then New Zealand Awaits is lesbian owned and operated (yes I'm the founder, owner, and guide). We run active and not so active tours for lesbians, as well as some LGBTQ mixed trips. We create itineraries for travellers wanting to self drive, and we have private guides. Come see us! "


Blogs We Love

beautiful Vancouver, British ColumbiaCheck out our GoGirlfriend Facebook page to follow us as we seek new adventures and create memories in our own part of the world.








Advertisement