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Experts: Airline merger both good and bad for flyers

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With a merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways sounding more imminent, there is renewed concern among travelers about what the joint venture would mean.

Rick Seaney with said the new airline that emerges should be stronger and more robust.

DFW Airport is likely to stay the hub for American Airlines with increased flights headed to or through U.S. Airways hubs, meaning more routes overall.

Seaney doesn't believe travelers need to worry about their frequent flyer miles. He said the merged company is likely to do what it can to please loyal customers for both airlines. But that doesn't mean there won't be hiccups and details to work out.

Most industry watchers believe an overall fare increase may be the biggest downside of the merger.

Seaney believes it will still be a few years before the merger really affects ticket prices, but prices have been going up across the board anyway because of the higher fuel costs and less competition doesn't bode well in the long term for travelers looking for a cheap fare.

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