Features > Air Travel > Airline Fees: Fly the Nickel And Dime Skies


Airline Fees: Fly the Nickel And Dime Skies



The airlines continue to be afraid to raise prices on their tickets. Instead they want to be competitive and offer a lower rate before they nickel and dime you to a rate that is probably higher than another airline.

What is the deal with these companies? Here is how crazy they are getting. And remember, fees usually start with one or two airlines and then the others follow if the outrage isn't too high. They test the waters to make extra millions.

Check in your bags at the counter in the airport: $5 on top of whatever bag fee already exists, like $15 – Instigators: United and US Airways

Want an exit row seat for more legroom? $20 – Instigator: AirTran

Instead of encouraging your purchase online, which saves them money, some airlines may want to charge you a fee for buying your ticket online – Instigator: Allegiant Air

Want to check in and use the ticket you already paid for? How about another $5 to $10 to do so. No way to avoid this ridiculous fee – Instigator: Ryanair

Want to choose a seat? How about paying to do so? We're not sure what happens if you don't pick a seat. Perhaps you stand up for the flight? – Instigator: Vueling

Want to get through security faster? $25. Instigator: United. I did this once thinking the lines would be long when I got to the airport and I could get through and do some work on the other side. I'm sure this will vary by time and place, but the problem is that United can only do this in certain airports where they have large volume. So when I did it in San Francisco, United's “Premier Line” was longer than the normal security line. It did also allow me to board ahead of some other passengers however.

Want to use the lavatory or get sick and use a bag? Ryanair wants to charge for it but they haven't started these last two yet. I wouldn't want to sit next to the person who doesn't have the correct change on them. Maybe they should charge for seat belts too.

We've already seen fees lately for checking a third bag. Sending a child on plane without an adult. Fuel surcharges. Blankets. Headphones. Crappy food. Magazines and newspapers. Oversize passengers.


Adam | Jun 24, 2009 | Category: Air Travel

AllStays Pro Online

Pure information, faster, no ads, privacy, full screen maps, more filters, layers for weather, traffic, biking, transit, over half a million search combinations. Join now

Feature Categories

  • Air Travel
  • Best of
  • Boondocking
  • Camping
  • Cruise
  • Family
  • General
  • Green
  • Haunted
  • Luxury
  • Money Savings
  • Overnight Parking
  • Pet-Friendly
  • RV Tips
  • Security
  • Technology
  • Train
  • Travel Tips
  • Unique Getaways
  • More Posts


    Advertise

    Featured Apps


    AllStays Hotels By Chain
    Find all kinds of beds near you. All the chains. The only app that puts you one button from the front desk. The data is stored in the app so you aren't waiting to download information (or ads). Works with or without service.
    Camp & RV
    The number one camping app. From resorts to hike-in spots. Amenities, maps, truck stops, rest areas, Wal-mart and casino parking and much more.


    Most Recent Posts


    Advertise



    ⇑ Top