American Airlines Drops Bereavement Fares

American Airlines has quietly ended “bereavement fares.” The airline has dropped the special fares it offered if you could prove you were traveling to a funeral, or the bedside of a grievously sick relative. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are keeping their current bereavement policies in place, according to CNN. Delta forgoes penalties on changing flights; United offers a 5 percent discount. Carriers Southwest Airlines (and its AirTran brand) and JetBlue Airways have never offered bereavement fares, CNN reports. Will there …

This Fact About Flight Attendants May Surprise You

When flight attendant Barbara Beckett, who is in her early 70s, recently retired, it made headlines. After all, her 53 years on the job with American Airlines is a company record. As this 2010 article in the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel notes, a lot has changed since Beckett graduated from stewardess school in 196o. Back then, flight attendants were required to be single and could be fired when they got married, exceeded a certain weight or – horrors – reached …