What airline fees are next?

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  1. uggboy
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    || What airline fees are next? ||

    What's next in airline fees? Any MP'ers who have an opinion or thought?:confused:
     
  2. Sedosi

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    Fees to select your seat (any seat), carry-on bag fees (widespread), fees for refreshments (sodas, water) restroom usage fees, coin-operated check-in kiosks, "select an FA (and the outfit they're wearing) fees.*



    (*that last fee being only for Platinum MP members travelling on reward bookings using Wandering Aramean travel tools and using the code word "Mr. Lucky".)
     
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    ...........that borders on encouragement to pay the fee!:D
     
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  4. sobore
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    Here ya go airlines:

    • Seatback tray convenience fee.
    • Lav electricity tariff
    • Window shade operation privilege
    • Clean seat enhancement option
    • Surcharge to speak to a ‘live’ FA
     
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    Seat massages, just like the old school hotel beds
     
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  6. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    If we're talking realistic fees, I'd say seat-selection fees. BA already has them, no?

    I don't expect lav fees.
     
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    Carry-on bag fees
     
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    Spirit has them already introduced!:eek:
     
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    Coin-operated seatbelts.
     
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    Got those for free on LX C. :)
     
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    If they charge for the lavatory I will make use of the barf bags...unless they plan on charging for those as well.
     
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    I wouldn't be shocked to see pay-per-view IFE on long-haul (does this already exist somewhere?), 'preferred seating' in the gate area, an online check-in fee, and a larger fee to check-in at the airport.
     
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    Yup, anything that's considered "premium" will be applied a fee eventually.

    One thing that might stop on-line check-in fees is that they would have to be added to the price of the ticket since, if they were implemented, there would be no way to reasonably avoid the fee.

    I wouldn't put it past the airlines to try it. Ryanair considered it for a while then dropped the idea. I actually see this being easier to implement in Europe however due to the simple fact that coin-op restrooms are already in place over there.

    And I think these are the next ones to go "mainstream". Once the legacies notice that Spirit's customer base isn't dwindling they're consider adapting. Same thing with "free" refreshments.
     
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    I agree, but logic hasn't stopped the airlines so far.
     
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    RyanAir TALKED about those lav fees. That's not necessarily the same as actually considering it. RyanAir and O'leary talk about a lot of things in public because they know it gets them free press coverage every time they throw out a ridiculous idea.

    I just don't think a lav fee is going to be practical. For instance, what are FAs going to tell passengers who either don't have the right coins or no coins at all?
     
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    That they're SOL?
     
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    I might actua
    I might actually pay for that;)
     
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    Fee to board the plane. and larger fee to do it via jetbridge.
     
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    And what would your response as the passenger be?

    Someone's going to have to clean up that mess.
     
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    BMI flights I took 2 years ago had free refreshments in E+ and none for E. We may see something along those lines here. Carry-on fees are politically dangerous. I think they will look to new services (wifi!) for new revenues.
     
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    Let's just hope they don't implement an "Oxygen Mask" fee :confused: lol
     
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    Did anyone ever see this hilarious Mad TV skit about this very topic:
     
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    I really hope they all start charging a "large passenger" fee.
     
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    Coin-operated carry-on lockers both above and under the seats.

    On-board vending machines for snacks, drinks, and merchandise.

    Aluminum can deposit fees.

    Guaranteed vacant middle seat in your row available for a fee on almost-full flights.

    Right to recline.

    In F: "Premium" drinks for a fee.
     
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    If they could charge you a fee for breathing and get away with it, I'm sure they would. I remember seeing an article about an airline wanting to have seats that require standing for the duration of the flight. As frequent travelers we need to constantly remind the airlines that everyone from the CEO on down is employed because of us, and they are not doing us a favor by providing the services we utilize.
     

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