Business travelers gambling on standby to avoid change fees

11/25/2008 | NYTimes.com

As business travelers look to cut costs, they are increasingly playing a game of airfare roulette, betting on the availability of standby seats rather than pay re-booking fees when their travel plans change. "We try to book far out in advance to get the best fares and end up being penalized when we have to make changes," says one frequent flier, who adds the new realities of airline travel are "a little bit like going to a casino."

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