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(LA Times)   The world's 59 biggest airlines collected $31.5 billion in passenger fees and charges in 2013, a 1,200% increase since 2007   (latimes.com ) divider line
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2014-07-17 07:19:35 PM  
Hard times, Hard Times say I!
 
2014-07-17 07:37:45 PM  
I don't know Subby it seems like a pretty big success for them.
 
2014-07-17 07:43:45 PM  
There will be a $5.00 whining about fees fee
 
2014-07-17 08:26:01 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: There will be a $5.00 whining about fees fee


And a $2.50 handling fee for the whining about fees fee.
 
2014-07-17 08:32:05 PM  
Spam In a Can pays so very very well.
 
2014-07-17 08:53:29 PM  
You can blame all those asshole price-based search engines.  If you choose a $159 ticket with a $35 first-checked-bag fee and a $9 seating choice fee over a $170 ticket with a free first bag and seating choice because a search engine told you the $159 ticket was 'cheapest', then you're the one to blame at heart.
 
2014-07-17 09:26:44 PM  
Yet it's only the US-based carriers that can't seem to give a damn about quality, service, or really anything at all.*

*Alaska Airlines excepted.
 
2014-07-17 09:29:02 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: There will be a $5.00 whining about fees fee


But enough about my total fark account.
 
2014-07-17 10:22:09 PM  
This is why I pretty much love Southwest.

#1 - Major hub where I live
#2 - No baggage fees (doubled on any round trip flight)
#3 - No extra fees just to get a seat that doesn't suck balls (doubled on any round trip flight)
#4 - Pretty much the same exact fleet so you know what to expect, and what's more an easier time for them to find you another plane should sh*t happen to the one you're booked for.

One time I had a connecting flight and the plane door wasn't working properly on arrival from the previous flight, as in the plane was broke and had to be repaired somewhere at length. They jacked another plane from somewhere and we were off with just a 25 minute flight delay.

It's weird I hear a lot of people don't like SW but I don't get it. Anyway SW does have some passenger fees but overall - I like them a lot.
 
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2014-07-17 11:42:32 PM  

bdub77: It's weird I hear a lot of people don't like SW but I don't get it. Anyway SW does have some passenger fees but overall - I like them a lot.


Their passenger fees are pretty much optional, like if you want to be able to check in earlier so you can move up in the seat line, not for basic stuff like luggage.
 
2014-07-17 11:43:29 PM  

bdub77: This is why I pretty much love Southwest.

#1 - Major hub where I live
#2 - No baggage fees (doubled on any round trip flight)
#3 - No extra fees just to get a seat that doesn't suck balls (doubled on any round trip flight)
#4 - Pretty much the same exact fleet so you know what to expect, and what's more an easier time for them to find you another plane should sh*t happen to the one you're booked for.

One time I had a connecting flight and the plane door wasn't working properly on arrival from the previous flight, as in the plane was broke and had to be repaired somewhere at length. They jacked another plane from somewhere and we were off with just a 25 minute flight delay.

It's weird I hear a lot of people don't like SW but I don't get it. Anyway SW does have some passenger fees but overall - I like them a lot.




They are late more often than Delta.
 
2014-07-17 11:45:55 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: bdub77: This is why I pretty much love Southwest.

#1 - Major hub where I live
#2 - No baggage fees (doubled on any round trip flight)
#3 - No extra fees just to get a seat that doesn't suck balls (doubled on any round trip flight)
#4 - Pretty much the same exact fleet so you know what to expect, and what's more an easier time for them to find you another plane should sh*t happen to the one you're booked for.

One time I had a connecting flight and the plane door wasn't working properly on arrival from the previous flight, as in the plane was broke and had to be repaired somewhere at length. They jacked another plane from somewhere and we were off with just a 25 minute flight delay.

It's weird I hear a lot of people don't like SW but I don't get it. Anyway SW does have some passenger fees but overall - I like them a lot.

They are late more often than Delta.


YMMV. I've never had a flight cancellation and in the past five years and at least 15 flights I can't remember a time our flight was more than 15 minutes delayed.
 
2014-07-17 11:57:17 PM  

syrynxx: You can blame all those asshole price-based search engines.  If you choose a $159 ticket with a $35 first-checked-bag fee and a $9 seating choice fee over a $170 ticket with a free first bag and seating choice because a search engine told you the $159 ticket was 'cheapest', then you're the one to blame at heart.


If that's the case, then ticket face values should have gone down or held level. TFA offered no context for assessing the effect of these fees on overall cost.
 
2014-07-17 11:58:20 PM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Yet it's only the US-based carriers that can't seem to give a damn about quality, service, or really anything at all.*

*Alaska Airlines excepted.


What about RyanAir? I hear people biatching about it a lot, and it's Irish-based.
 
2014-07-18 12:27:59 AM  

Arkanaut: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Yet it's only the US-based carriers that can't seem to give a damn about quality, service, or really anything at all.*

*Alaska Airlines excepted.

What about RyanAir? I hear people biatching about it a lot, and it's Irish-based.

Ryanair is different - they don't exactly suffer from not giving a damn as much as being designed from the ground up to be contemptuous and hostile.

However, you can't argue with a roundtrip that's $30 all-in. I once flew to Italy just to have dinner.
 
2014-07-18 12:30:41 AM  

ImpendingCynic: Arkanaut: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Yet it's only the US-based carriers that can't seem to give a damn about quality, service, or really anything at all.*

*Alaska Airlines excepted.

What about RyanAir? I hear people biatching about it a lot, and it's Irish-based.
Ryanair is different - they don't exactly suffer from not giving a damn as much as being designed from the ground up to be contemptuous and hostile.

However, you can't argue with a roundtrip that's $30 all-in. I once flew to Italy just to have dinner.


There's no Olive Garden in Dublin?
 
2014-07-18 03:26:04 AM  
So people are paying for an ala carte set of services instead of an all-in-one fee.

I'm curious how profits look in the new model.
 
2014-07-18 08:16:09 AM  
And yet quarter after quarter after quarter United, American, Delta, etc report

"ZOMG WE DONE LOSTED $47QUADBRILLION DOLLARS THIS QUARTER!189739!&3)(!#*()&#)(*!&(*@)#!@#!!!!!STFU921034@!(*#$(@*# &$"

shirley the american accounting system is the most pure and exact of all sciences and the reason Newton hung himself.
 
2014-07-18 08:43:31 AM  
img.fark.net

grab the flexi-grips and wait for the machine to lock you in before moving.
 
2014-07-18 09:01:32 AM  
OH NOES!!!!  COMPANIES MAKING PROFITS!!!  THIS MUST BE STOPPED!!!

/yawn
 
2014-07-18 09:06:12 AM  

ImpendingCynic: Ryanair is different - they don't exactly suffer from not giving a damn as much as being designed from the ground up to be contemptuous and hostile.

However, you can't argue with a roundtrip that's $30 all-in. I once flew to Italy just to have dinner.


This.
Goes for other low-cost airlines in Europe as well - Air Berlin and Wizz Air are the ones I've been using the most lately.
A lot of times I don't need a ton of luggage. I don't care about priority boarding - I'm usually one of the last people to board -, and for a flight that's about 2-3 hours long I can live without extra leg room or an aisle seat. I can check in online in a few minutes.
I just need something to get me from A to B, then bring me back a few days later.
If you're aware of the rules and follow them, this can be achieved for dirt cheap nowadays. At least in Europe.
 

syrynxx: You can blame all those asshole price-based search engines. If you choose a $159 ticket with a $35 first-checked-bag fee and a $9 seating choice fee over a $170 ticket with a free first bag and seating choice because a search engine told you the $159 ticket was 'cheapest', then you're the one to blame at heart.


I am thanking the search engines for making this possible for me.
 
2014-07-18 09:21:27 AM  
One of the reasons that the airlines like these fees is that there is less tax on the fees. The ticket is taxed at a much higher rate than the fees, but the airlines hope the consumers don't know that.
 
2014-07-18 11:24:17 AM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Yet it's only the US-based carriers that can't seem to give a damn about quality, service, or really anything at all.*

*Alaska Airlines excepted.


I think you have not flown Lufthansa.  Or KLM. Or Air France. Or China Eastern. Or WestJet.  Or Air Canada.  I flew all of the above in the last 12 months.  Believe me, the Delta/United/American triumvirate are not alone in the world.  If Cathay Pacific or Emirates weren't adding 15 hours to the round trip, it's all I would fly.

\How can the Canadians be so friendly and polite and have the world's crappiest airline service?  AC and WS are like flying Aeroflot in 1980.
\\However, my Aeroflot flights last September to New Delhi were actually one of the best flights I had all year.
 
2014-07-18 11:41:14 AM  
Wow what a troll article. Given that the airlines are routinely going bankrupt, their revenues clearly are not up 1,200%. They are losing billions in ticket prices and a small portion of that loss is offset with bag fees. Also, they cite 59 airlines in 2014 and 23 in 2007. So twice as many airlines.

In 2007 you paid, say, $200 for a ticket that included 2 "bag fees" that you didn't know about.
In 2014 you pay say, $150 for a ticket, and can add 2 bags at $25 each if you so choose.

THE HORROR! THE SKY IS FALLING!
 
2014-07-18 11:51:03 AM  

assburp: And yet quarter after quarter after quarter United, American, Delta, etc report

"ZOMG WE DONE LOSTED $47QUADBRILLION DOLLARS THIS QUARTER!189739!&3)(!#*()&#)(*!&(*@)#!@#!!!!!STFU921034@!(*#$(@*# &$"

shirley the american accounting system is the most pure and exact of all sciences and the reason Newton hung himself.


Or bag fees are a tiny little bit of revenue and there are other massive costs that outweigh them.
 
2014-07-18 01:40:40 PM  
And NONE of that $315 billion has been from ME!
 
2014-07-18 05:29:43 PM  
This one time, coming back from camp, we were sitting on end of runway, running up the engines and a circuit breaker blew.
Entire electrical feed closed down and the plane died.
We were saved when a jumper battery cart, pulled by a farking donkey, was called out to start our 20th century flying machine.
 
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