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The 10 airlines which are charge passengers with the most fees

Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:08 pm

No real surprise with most of the airlines listed, except for maybe UA.

https://www.smartertravel.com/2018/07/23/who-charges-the-most-airline-fees//

Spirit: $51 per passenger
WOW Air: $49 per passenger
Allegiant: $49 per passenger
Frontier: $48 per passenger
Jet2.com: $43 per passenger
Qantas Airways: $43 per passenger
United: $39 per passenger
AirAsia X: $33 per passenger
HK Express: $33 per passenger
Wizz Air: $31 per passenger

A la carte pricing allows for people to pay for what they want, but apparently it also gets people to pay more than they expect. One example given was how a Norwegian transatlantic good deal fare of $239 turns into one of the more expensive fares after adding a checked bag, a meal and a seat assignment ($385). I'm not taking sides on whether a la carte fees are good or bad, but I can see how the average Joe can end up paying more than they have to because they didn't do their homework, or they didn't know how to do their homework.

One snippet that caught my eye was the following quote.
"United’s “win” is based on its current policy of including seat assignment in the base fare — a policy the airline says it might change."

Apparently the search for things people will pay extra for is endless.
Last edited by SQ22 on Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Airlines with Passengers Paying the Highest Average Fees

Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:10 pm

I'm surprised Ryanair isn't up the top or even on the list.

They even make sure to sit you apart if you're travelling with someone and don't stump up the £14 to choose the two seats. Giving people even more encouragement to buy addons.

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