The Dumbest Fee in the Airline Business

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  1. uggboy
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    || The Dumbest Fee in the Airline Business ||

    Now, we know. ;)
     
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    It is 75$ for the admin fee for a few keystrokes to a PNR. :eek:
     
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  3. the idea that airlines will charge you to take an earlier flight thus leaving the later flight with a chance to sell the seat is beyond reason. I have always refused to pay for that "privilege"
     
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    The airlines' defense is that they're trying to discourage business travelers from booking the last flight of the day then showing up for earlier one. This supposedly ties up lower-priced inventory on the later flights making them less competitive and forcing people who actually want/need to fly late to use competition.

    The chances of an airline selling a freed-up seat on a later flight to a walk-up passenger are usually very low. The number of people willing to pay standby fee is much higher.
     
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    The fee seems worse when the carrier later must pay VDB/IDB because they are oversold on the later flight that the passenger seeking to change had originally booked.
     
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    That of course is the drawback, or just having extra seats later in the day to handle irops. There's a fine line to walk here that people tend to overlook. Free changes would certainly be a new challenge for revenue management in any case.
     
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    Or in the case of COdbaUA and SHARES, a lot of keystrokes ;)
     
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    Not really... if you're a higher tier elite that fee is waived anyway.
     
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    Not on all airlines. As an EXP I still pay a change fee if my fare doesn't include it - officially. Unofficially, things happen.
     
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    Well the scenario referred to by the OP was US. And US does (for all elite tiers as long as the new flight is within 6 hours of the original).


    UA waives the fee for Gold and above, DL waives the fee for Gold and above also.

    AA just gives you the shaft ;)
     
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    Since this was posted in General Discussion > Travel vs. the US forum, it's important to note the differences (and thanks for adding DL info!).

    BTW, do UA and DL wave it or waive it? :D Don't you love English? Homonyms suck in that regard.
     
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    That's misleading regarding delta. We delta flyers get shafted also in many cases.
     
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    Not all business travelers are higher-level elites, and with minimum spend requirements being added to many programs, there will be more non- or low-level elite business travelers.

    Instituting a fee, but waiving it as a perk for (higher-level) elites is not that uncommon. Does not negate the original rationale though.
     
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    I by cheap vacation fares, lots of time they have longer layovers that don't make sense. If I purchased the flight that I want to standby on it would have cost a lot more. For that reason I do understand why they don't want to let me on the earlier flight.
     
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    Did the author look at WN and how smart their fees are if you wan to fly early?

    Oh wait, no fee, "just" an update to full fare. I tried that once and flying from ONT to the Bay Area was a lot more than $75 for the flight an hour earlier.
     
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    LOL... you know I looked at it twice thinking it didn't look right. #neededCoffee
     
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    Not even business people but general people with time. before they nuked this ability on UA I took advantage many times as the price difference between a primetime 5pm and 9pm LFOTD ORD flight on a Friday can easily be $100s
     
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    The dumbest fee I have found is.. "September 11th Security Fee"
     
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    Why?

    Sent from my iPhone using milepoint
     
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    I remember them telling me that in LAS once, and I think that was the last time I flew WN. Back in the 90s. Coincidence?

    -David
     
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    I have always thought a smart business model would be to allow free standby to flight 1 hr before its departure if there are more than 10 seats open. What would the airline gain from it? Publicity of being a friendly airline at no cost to them.
     
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    I have always refused to pay for that "privilege"
     
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