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Five reasons airline fees up 50% year-over-year
According to USA Today, "The numerous fees are a sore subject for many fliers, but their dissatisfaction hasn't deterred airlines from bringing in record revenue from additional fees."
The fees were good for $2.1 billion last quarter, with $893 million of it coming from checked bags and $600 million from changed reservations.
So, where did all this money come from? Here are five ways airlines have turned those extra charges into a big business:
2. Change fee spikes: a year ago, the most expensive coach change fee was $250, charged by Continental, Delta, United Airlines and US Airways. This year, it surged to $300, an increase of 20 percent, charged by American Airlines for some international flights.
3. Pay to call: still resisting the internet? Booking by phone costs an extra $35 on US Airways, while Allegiant Air hits you for a $29.98 round-trip booking fee and another $14.99 for "convenience."
4. Preferred seating: United asks for up to $159 for preferred seating, which can give you up to five more inches of leg room. A year ago, it would have set you back only $119.
5. Get a receipt: Continental (for which this isn't new) – along with American, Hawaiian and US Airways – have an extra fee for passengers who want a receipt after they have taken their flights.
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