ontime From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2343 times:
Does this include fees for passengers to move up to Economy Plus? If so, it would make sense that United would lead the pack, since no other domestic airlines has so many "premium" seats in coach to sell (most sell just a few exit rows and bulkheads, whereas United has an entire section of coach seats to upsell.)
BD338 From United States of America, joined exactly 5 years ago today! , 811 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1996 times:
Quoting bjorn14 (Thread starter): Have airlines exhausted this kind of revenue generation? Will the public at some point pushback?
Not exhausted yet, many US airlines are not yet charging for 'early boarding' for example, WN the obvious exception. I don't think airlines are even beginning to exploit the possibility of sales on board. With many flights having PTV and wireless/Sat TV, is there the prospect of SkyMall seatback shopping with the airline getting a slice of the sales? Paying for the PTV movies?
As airlines have gradually been making the lower levels of the FF elites less attractive than previously enjoyed (2nd boarding group, no use of the FF security lanes, lesser chance of upgrades etc.) I can see the prospect of an airline attempting to bring the checked bag fees to the bottom level elite group level. (This would naturally be offered at a "discount" from the full price, as reward for being a "valued FF" while conveniently ignoring the fact it would be an increase - but I digress). Maybe they will charge you to print your boarding pass at home, just like Ticketmaster (a specialist in rip-off fees that even FR would probably be embarrased by) charge so you can use your own ink and paper to print the event tickets they are providing.
Pushback? yes, at some point but the airlines haven't found it yet, otherwise we flying folks would not be forking over $13bn in fees over and above the fares.
I don't really object to fees for bags, meals etc. especially when I know it is a real cheap fare but when it is something fundamental to the flight that cannot be avoided such as, check in fees (Ryanair are you listening?) and fuel (LH are you listening - 50GBP fare + 125GBP tax/fees/fuel you tried to con me with last week) I do object, I can't fly without checking in and the aircraft can't fly without fuel, there is no choice in those fees. Been charged $1000 for a flight on a non-refundable fare and then finding out there is still a $25 bag charge is another pet peeve. (US provided that little gem). So I guess I am starting to find my level of pushback.