futureorthopod From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 77 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2478 times:
Hi guys. I do not post much since I am clearly not as knowledgeable about all this stuff as all of you. Rather, I read to learn. However, I came across an article today on MSN that discusses how airlines have made billions off fees and how this has essentially helped these companies finally turn a profit status post 9/11
I have not flown in international carriers in over 9 years, thus I am not familiar with their fee structures. However, I'd be curious to know how they compare to the various fees here charged by the American carriers.
mayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 9880 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2381 times:
The article is a little misleading......unless I'm mistaken, the legacy carriers always charged for animals, whether in the cabin, as checked baggage or as cargo and I believe coach pax were always charged for entertainment (headsets). So, those particular fees are nothing new.
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GA330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2237 times:
I think we all can agree here that without charging all the fees mentioned in the article, the airlines in United States would be bleeding pretty badly. The fees and cargo are the difference between profit and loss.
US collected ~$500M bag fees last year. Their net income was $71M
DL collected ~$800M bag fees last year. Their net income was $1.2B
I am even hearing rumors that WN may start charging for bag sometime in the future, since they can almost make $1B more in revenue. Recently, we dont really hear them tout that "bags fly free" anymore, and a year ago that was all that they were bragging about.