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What Extras Are You Paying For?

Aug 14, 2008
With the increase in the price of fuel, airlines are doing what they can to stay afloat. As a way to compensate for the high cost of fuel, airlines have opted to increase the price of airfare. Along with the increase of the price of an airline ticket, airlines are opting to charge additional and somewhat hidden fees for standard and optional services.

These fees are not included in the price of the ticket, but you will have to pay for them at the ticket counter or to the stewardess on the plane. Therefore the ticket holder has no idea of the additional charges, which can incur over and above the price of the ticket. These charges can be for the first checked-in bag, the second check-in bag, an overweight bag, or an oversized bag. They could also include the cost of any beverages, meal or snacks. There is a list of 25 additional charges the airlines may charge you for once you get to the airport or inside the plane. Some of the other additional charges will include in-flight entertainment, pillow or blanket, an infant on your lap, and even your carry-on bag.

Each airline differs in the cost of the additional charges and the flights, which will incur the charges. As an example, regarding a flight from Tyler, TX to Phoenix, AZ only one airline charged for the first checked-in bag, but all the airlines charged for the second bag. As for meals and beverages, there were only one or two airlines charging the additional charge on these items. None of the airlines charged an additional fee for the carry-on bag. So it is unclear when or how much these charges will be. Some airlines however do not charge any additional charges other than the second checked-in bag fee.

These can be deceiving to the unseasoned traveler. In fact to incur an unplanned charge can be quite a shock to the person who is unaware of these charges. There is a way to know about these charges prior to making the trip. If you normally purchase your tickets online, there are web sites like Compare Airline Fees who can tell you the additional charges you can expect on the airline you are flying. However, you might want to learn about the charges for your flight before you decide on which airline to fly. You can check out the charges on the web site that will tell you the additional fees such as Compare Airline Fares to find out, which airline will charge the additional fee. Then click to the discount fare web sites such as Orbitz or priceline.
to find the airfare that is the best value for you. This way you will have the information before you buy an airline ticket.
About the Author
Ron Subs works with Compare Airline Fees as a public relations consultant, more information about Compare Airline Fees can be found at www.compareairlinefees.com/
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