I know this blog is supposed to be happy/funny/silly anecdotes on lovely & exotic international destinations, but how am I supposed to get to these places with the airlines on a serious FEE BINGE?  Travel writer Chris Elliott writes that airlines’ revenue from fees was up 345 percent last year to $10 billion!  And it’s only going to get worse. This “unbundling” of fees – which I like to refer to as, um, nickel and diming – is creating confusion, surprise and frustration for air travelers (in that order).

I just want to know what the total cost of traveling with an airline will be at the end of the day. I could book the lowest-fare ticket at first thought, but end up paying more in the end because of the various broken-out fees that I don’t know about until I get to the airport. When you’re reviewing fares online before purchasing a ticket, these extras should be spelled out as well so you can make a fair “fare” comparison – kind of how the taxes are broken out when you’re buying a ticket. Is this too much to ask?  Apparently, yes, because the airlines are only thriving BECAUSE of this confusion.

Unfortunately, the airlines know they have us between a rock and hard place…the people who really want to (or need to) fly will fork up whatever fees they’re given.  Sigh.


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