Transport Airlines

How Airlines Are Monetizing the Overhead Bin

Excerpt from New York Times

Oct 12, 2013 6:30 am

Skift Take

Flyers who are loyal and who don’t buy the cheapest seats have always been treated the best, but the distinction becomes more apparent when a budget flyer’s only options are middle seats and gate-checked bags.

— Jason Clampet

Win an All-Expenses Paid Trip to NYC to Tour the Future of Travel

Canadian Pacific  / Flickr

Fighting for space. Canadian Pacific / Flickr


But now the battle of the bins, that preflight scrum over precious carry-on space, has turned into something else for airlines: the business of the bins.

After starting to charge fees for checking baggage, airlines are finding new ways to make money from carry-ons. Overhead compartments, it turns out, are valuable real estate — and these days, they go to the highest bidders.

Read the Complete Story →

Tags: ,

Next Up

More on Skift

Hawaiian Airlines First to Commit to New Satellite Safety and Aircraft Tracking System
Colombia Hotel Boom Spurred on by Starwood, Four Seasons and InterContinental
What Scotland’s Independence Would Mean for Tourism
Register Now for a Webinar on “The Rise of the Silent Traveler”