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Turkey-nomics: Five reasons airline fees irritate OpenSkies CEO this Thanksgiving
Meanwhile, the extra fees being tacked on haven't been a big hit with most consumers, leading to an additional dose of animosity this holiday travel season. Well, one air carrier is fighting back. Dale Moss, CEO of OpenSkies, seems to be pretty fed up with the situation. In response to a report by the Consumer Travel Alliance, he took the time on the OpenSkies blog to remind his customers that his airline doesn't charge extra fees for anything.
So, what got Moss all charged up? The Consumer Travel Alliance did some digging into the issue of hidden airline fees and found some disturbing (and downright bizarre) data:
2. The big number: in case you aren't tuned in to turkey economics, that adds up to $167 million in additional fees paid by consumers.
3. The small number: it's based on the average cost of a 12-pound turkey this year: $13.25.
4. The profundity: the airlines could use this extra cash to buy a 12-pound turkey for every household in California.
5. The affected: according to the Air Transport Association, 24 million Americans will take to the skies during the 12-day Thanksgiving holiday travel season.
"Feathers are flying over hidden airline fees, because Americans are justifiably angry that they can't see the true costs of air travel, nor compare the price of different flights against one another," said Charles Leocha, director of the Consumer Travel Alliance. "Airlines expect consumers to dig through thousands of words of gobble-gobbledygook to find even the most basic fees. We say stuff that. It's time to talk turkey and show consumers what their tickets will cost with all the fixings included."
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