Articles tagged “fees”

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.

1 week 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.

3 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

2 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?

2 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.

3 months ago

EasyJet Is Making Less Money From Bag Fees Than Its Competitors

EasyJet Is Making Less Money From Bag Fees Than Its Competitors

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's difficult to tell much from the first quarter results, but EasyJet seems on track to have a decent year. Acquiring some of Air Berlin’s operations will also enable it to grow in the lucrative German market.

3 months ago

HomeAway to Hike Rates for Rental Owners Despite Talk of Blowback

HomeAway to Hike Rates for Rental Owners Despite Talk of Blowback

Sean O'Neill, Skift

HomeAway’s fee hike spotlights the shifting economics of the vacation rental business. Property owners are weighing how much of a cut technology companies deserve when making it easier for them to put heads in beds.

4 months ago

Luggage Fees Go Transatlantic — Business of Loyalty

Luggage Fees Go Transatlantic — Business of Loyalty

Grant Martin, Skift

SkyTeam airlines just announced a series of new baggage fees for transatlantic basic economy routes. But is it competition or gouging?

4 months ago

Fee Hikes at National Parks Trigger Democrats’ Condemnation

Fee Hikes at National Parks Trigger Democrats’ Condemnation

Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Take it from Iceland and other places battling overtourism. One way to thin the crowd is to jack up the price, and while that might annoy some tourists, it will help protect the parks.

6 months ago

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.

7 months 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.

7 months ago