With the preponderance of new fees, you can’t help but wonder how the fees might affect travel. One frequent flyer golfer we spoke to pointed out, “Paying more for checking in golf bags on flights is going to cause travelers to think more about if they want to take them. I would think that this would also begin to affect visits to and number of rounds played at destination golf resorts. Will golf courses begin to include clubs in packages or rent them out for much less than the current prices?” And we would add, will frequent flyer programs in the U.S. start a whole new way to spend miles–excess baggage awards?
And what about surfers? The Los Angeles Times recently reported that the new fees have “created an unusual uproar among an otherwise mellow surf community,” and that “Avid surfers take as many as four boards in a bag, which can mean a $1,200 bill, or $2,400 for a roundtrip.” Costs like that could certainly put a damper on “surf’s up.”