Piecing Together the True Cost of Flying

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/business/26road.html

    FOR the last two weeks, I’ve been complaining about the fees and surcharges that some hotels add to the bill for things like maid service, bellhop availability and landscaping. But travelers have also been telling me to look harder at the fees the airlines are busily conjuring up.
    John Carrick, for example, said he was recently surprised to discover that transferring some of his wife’s American Airlines frequent flier miles to a daughter resulted in charges of $250 for the transfer of the mileage points, $30 for a “processing fee” and $18.75 in taxes.
    “I found the processing fee, which I had never heard of before, outrageous,” Mr. Carrick said.
     
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    All of those fees are clearly laid out. In fact, they might be the most clearly stated fees in the airline business. I've always told my parents, don't give me your miles, give me cash. And if you want my miles for a trip, tell me and I'll book it for you.
     

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