Future of Fees

Future of Fees

As you may have guessed, the cash-strapped airlines fee frenzy isn’t over and fees are here to stay. The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), an aviation consultancy based in Australia, has published a study that concludes more European and Asian carriers will most likely follow U.S. airlines and add fees. The CAPA estimates U.S. airlines will rake in $4 billion in baggage fees in 2010. While international carriers (other than low-cost carriers) have been slow to add fees, CAPA reports that “Asian carriers are already picking up on some of the ‘other revenues’ opportunities from charging change fees more often, service charges for frequent flyer tickets, seat selection, lounge passes and more.” To view the full report, visit http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?2263

Bottom line: More and higher fees are one more reason you should hold on to your elite status and do what it takes to reach elite levels. With even the lowest elite tier you will receive waived baggage fees.

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