Extra revenues are passengers’ burdens.
SmarterTravel.com posted “Airlines with the Most Extra Fees,” citing a new study by industry consulting firm IdeaWorks. which “found that the airlines’ ancillary fees had increased by almost 1,200 percent between 2007 and 2013, from $2.45 billion to $31.5 billion,” adding that “lthough the overall trend is clear, and inescapable, not all airlines are equally oppressive when it comes to tagging every imaginable atomic particle of air travel with a surcharge. There are more and less egregious gougers. According to the report, on a per-person basis, the airlines imposing the highest fees are as follows:”
- $55.61. Jet2.com (a UK company that bundles travel components and thereby manages to hide extra fees)
- $51.22. Spirit (a US nickel-and-dime champ that I flew this past spring — and never again)
- $45.67. Qantas
- $44.87. Allegiant (from what I understand, a Spirit-like carrier)
- $44.43. AirAsia
- $40.97. United (no surprise)
- $38.93. Korean Air
- $34.41. Wizz Air
- $33.92. Virgin Atlantic
- $32.61. Alaska Air Group
Most dispiriting of all are the add-ons by low-fare domestic carriers, because the extra fees are a hefty percentage of the fare. When a robust add-on is charged for long and pricy trans-Pacific or even trans-Atlantic flights, the percentage isn’t quite so bad. I’d rather pay an extra $35-$45 to, say, Qantas or Korean Air than to Spirit.