Articles tagged “fees”

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Sell Services, Not Fees

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Sell Services, Not Fees

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Travel advisors need to reinvent how they market themselves. It's not about service fees anymore. Forward-thinking agents sell service packages — unabashedly.

1 day ago

Travel Advisors Are Selling Concierge Services — Just Don’t Call Them Fees

Travel Advisors Are Selling Concierge Services — Just Don’t Call Them Fees

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Consultant Nolan Burris is a pioneer in advocating that travel agencies charge service fees. Now that the practice has become standard, Burris says many agencies have failed to realize the revenue potential of service packages and need to overhaul their approach.

1 day ago

Senate Passes Bill to Set Minimum Size for Airplane Seats

Senate Passes Bill to Set Minimum Size for Airplane Seats

Kevin Freking, Associated Press

Not much happens on a bipartisan basis in Washington anymore. But lawmakers often agree about aviation policy. Yes, some Democrats wanted to put limits on airline fees but that always seemed like a far-fetched idea. For better or worse, Congress deregulated U.S. airlines 40 years ago.

1 month ago

JetBlue Is Adding Its Own Form of Basic Economy

JetBlue Is Adding Its Own Form of Basic Economy

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

JetBlue President and Chief Operating Officer Joanna Geraghty said this week at Skift Global Forum that she wants the airline to continue to differentiate on service and product. But will a cheaper, stripped-down type of ticket help the carrier do that?

2 months ago

Delta Is Latest Airline to Join the $30 Bag Fee Club

Delta Is Latest Airline to Join the $30 Bag Fee Club

Mary Schlangenstein , Bloomberg

It was only a matter of time before this happened, and no one will be surprised to see American Airlines follow suit.

2 months ago

Video: Why Southwest Airlines Needs a Super-Fast Website

Video: Why Southwest Airlines Needs a Super-Fast Website

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Southwest Airlines wants to keep its passengers happy, booking quickly, and coming back. In this video, Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Watterson explains some of the ways the airline achieves that goal.

3 months ago

66 National Parks in the U.S. Will See Fee Hikes This Summer

66 National Parks in the U.S. Will See Fee Hikes This Summer

Dan Peltier, Skift

The slight fee uptick probably won't matter much to travelers who could already afford a visit to national parks. But to other travelers, a few extra dollars adds up quickly. The National Park Service is trying to balance both sides out of necessity.

7 months ago

Sabre Searches for Deal as the Air France-KLM Distribution Surcharge Looms

Sabre Searches for Deal as the Air France-KLM Distribution Surcharge Looms

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Wasn't the whole point of these surcharges to prevent the global distribution systems from taking a cut of that juicy ancillary money that is now flowing in? One has to wonder what the terms of Air France-KLM's deal with Amadeus and Travelport really are. For now, it looks like the global distribution systems that took the new distribution capability seriously are reaping the rewards.

8 months ago

UK Government Challenges Airlines on Fee Disclosures

UK Government Challenges Airlines on Fee Disclosures

Silla Brush, Bloomberg

Tacking on fees is at the heart of the low-cost carrier — and increasing the legacy airline — business model. The UK government's push for Increased transparency shouldn't hurt, but the devil is in the details.

8 months ago

9 Big Challenges Facing Amadeus This Year

9 Big Challenges Facing Amadeus This Year

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amadeus' track record of profitable growth has been music to the ears of investors. But some airline and hotel executives claim to hear discordant notes in the giant technology vendor's forecasts.

9 months ago

Singapore’s Changi Airport Wants to Charge Travelers a Fee to Help Build New Terminal

Singapore’s Changi Airport Wants to Charge Travelers a Fee to Help Build New Terminal

Dong Lyu, Bloomberg

Singapore is right to be thinking about expansion, and its growing status as a preeminent hub in Asia. But should travelers have to pay for it?

9 months ago

UK Probes Airlines Over Advance-Seat Selection Fees

UK Probes Airlines Over Advance-Seat Selection Fees

Anooja Debnath, Bloomberg

Airlines charging fees for advance-seat selection has become a basic part of most of their business models. Rolling that back would be a win for passengers, but a blow to airlines.

9 months ago