Articles tagged “fees”

Airline Fares Drop but Airlines Make Up for It With Bag Fees, Report Finds

Airline Fares Drop but Airlines Make Up for It With Bag Fees, Report Finds

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

We don't begrudge airlines for bag fees. They're not a public utility. They have shareholders, and their mission is to make profits. Bag fees help them do that.

1 month ago

Hawaii Regulators Are Investigating Resort Fees

Hawaii Regulators Are Investigating Resort Fees

Associated Press

Just as we noted a few weeks ago, hotel-fee initiatives, in some ways, seem to be inspired by what the airlines are doing. Likewise, it seems that state regulators are taking a much closer look at those fees, and whether their disclosure is transparent and clear enough before purchase.

1 month ago

Mexico Cracks Down On Airlines Over Bag Fees and Flight Delays

Mexico Cracks Down On Airlines Over Bag Fees and Flight Delays

Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

Mexico wants to ensure that airfares — the total fare, that is — remain relatively affordable. But, like everything else, airlines would find ways to try and recoup lost revenues from passengers if bag fees get axed.

2 months ago

Are Hotel-Fee Initiatives Inspired by What the Airlines Have Accomplished?

Are Hotel-Fee Initiatives Inspired by What the Airlines Have Accomplished?

Deanna Ting, Skift

In some ways, perhaps … but one big difference between hotels and airlines is that hotels want their consumers to actually like (maybe even love) them. While with airlines, that might be a different story as some recent events would demonstrate (we're looking at you, United).

2 months ago

Wizz Air Is Cutting Carry-On Bag Fees as Profits Soar

Wizz Air Is Cutting Carry-On Bag Fees as Profits Soar

Mark Barton and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

It's refreshing to see an airline respond to customer feedback, especially where fees are concerned. But if economic conditions sour, the carrier can always bring back the charges.

3 months ago

A Small Victory in One Passenger’s Fight Against Airline Baggage Fees

A Small Victory in One Passenger’s Fight Against Airline Baggage Fees

Associated Press

Consumers haven't had many victories recently with airlines. This is a minor, procedural victory. But, hey, at least it's progress. Maybe it will lead to a good result for passengers who check luggage.

6 months ago

Trump Administration Backs Airlines in Rollback of Proposed Bag Fee Disclosures

Trump Administration Backs Airlines in Rollback of Proposed Bag Fee Disclosures

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

It's another win for big business, courtesy of the Trump Administration. Who cares about consumers, anyway?

8 months ago

U.S. Senator Schumer Is Upset About Cheap Airline Tickets Again

U.S. Senator Schumer Is Upset About Cheap Airline Tickets Again

Associated Press

You can almost set your watch by how Schumer will react to the latest fee in the travel industry that he really doesn't understand. You can also set that same watch by when he moves on to another topic without following through on any promise he made earlier.

9 months ago

Sen. Schumer Wants United’s New Basic Economy Fares and Free Bags, Too

Sen. Schumer Wants United’s New Basic Economy Fares and Free Bags, Too

Associated Press

Sen. Schumer is one of the most outspoken travel consumer advocates on issues he never really understands. Luckily, he never shows much interest once the cameras stop rolling.

11 months ago

50 U.S. Airports Tack on $183 Million for Taxi Rides Home

50 U.S. Airports Tack on $183 Million for Taxi Rides Home

Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press

Airlines get a lot of grief for all the fees they charge. This story shows that a sliver of that ire could be directed at airports.

11 months ago

Passengers Won’t Pay Much for Multi-Billion Dollar Airline Climate Deal

Passengers Won’t Pay Much for Multi-Billion Dollar Airline Climate Deal

Joe Ryan, Bloomberg

Airlines will pass these fees along to passengers, most likely while also adding additional fees to the real cost.

1 year ago

Emirates Announces New Fees to Select Economy Class Seats

Emirates Announces New Fees to Select Economy Class Seats

Associated Press

Great of the AP to pick up on our interview with Emirates CEO Tim Clark.

1 year ago