“I hate flying.”
A growing number of travelers, many of them former frequent fliers, have begun to repeat this mantra with venom.
The frustration is legitimate, and based partially on the airlines’ ever -increasing ways to wrangle additional fees from passengers. With airports being so frustrating, its nice to be able to take luggage that puts you more at ease like the new Samonite EZ Cart 25″, luggage you can easily push around.
One of the latest was the decision this spring by Allegiant Air to impose a $35.00 fee on carry-on luggage. This action made the airline, headquartered outside Las Vegas, NV a member of a so-far limited fraternity joining it with Spirit Airlines who charges a number of fees regarding carry-on luggage.
Currently, the latter carrier charges a fee of $20.00 at time of booking or before check-in on both domestic and international flights. Wait until airport check-in, at the counter or on-line, and the price rises another $5.00.
The Spirit Airline’s website states those prices will rise another 25 percent to $30.00 on November 6, 2012.
A bit of an oxymoron is that all the baggage fees, carry-on and checked, are on a page under the header “Optional Fees.” In case one is curious, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition for “optional” still means, “not compulsory.”
The action of the two low-cost carriers provides additional ancillary revenue also gained from the purchase of on-board meals, headsets, and seat selections. An independent study for Amadeus, a leading transaction processer in the airline and tourism industry, indicated over $18 billon dollars of ancillary revenue raised in 2011. It was an increase of over 66 percent since 2009, according to a July 2012 press release.Industry experts have discussed Allegiant’s lack of notice to their customers and failure to provide a justification for the fee. It is example of an airline’s unwillingness to disclose all the fees until the moment of purchase that causes great concern to travel professionals such as travel agents. Many compare the carriers’ management techniques to those of Ireland’s RyanAir.
A pioneer in bringing low-cost travel throughout Europe the airline has a knack for garnering ancillary revenue in the millions. Want to pay by credit card or do an online check-in, no problem they have a fee for that.
Both experts and passengers alike wonder how soon major carriers will adopt fees on carry-on luggage and other services, and continue withhold total pricing information from the consumers?
Help may come in November of 2012 when the U.S. Department of Transportation begins investigations on ancillary revenue practices. Some predict action might come sooner as House and Senate members receive more constituent complaints during an election year.
Air travelers not wishing to pay a carry-on fee can still presently fly low-cost carriers such as Southwest or JetBlue and major carriers.
Or opt to arrive for an Allegiant or Spirit flight luggage less and wearing an entire wardrobe.
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