Forbes Traveler has put together a list of the top 10 most annoying airline fees, and it’s a good one — or is it a bad one? Airlines are feeling the effect of skyrocking oil prices and they’re trying their best to pass the costs along to you, their customers, without driving down demand. The result? These delightful fees. Gotcha!
Forbes Traveler’s 10 Most Annoying Airline Fees
1. Checked Baggage: $10-$100
American Airlines now charges $15 for the first checked bag. Ugh.
2. Talking to Real People: $10-$25
“It costs $20 to book through a representative at American Airlines, and US Airways charges $15—the same as discount airlines JetBlue and Southwest.”
3. Seat Preference: $10-$20
“United Airlines’ Economy Plus plan is unique: For a $349 annual fee, one member and his or her companion are seated at the front of economy section whenever possible.”
4. Rewards Redemption: $75-$100
Expect to pay this fee if miles are redeemed without “sufficient notice,” and because you can’t redeem the miles through the website, get ready to “pay for the convenience of booking through a ticket agent.”
5. Curbside Check-In: $2-$3+
Remember, this fee doesn’t include tip.
6. Traveling with a Child or a Pet: $10-$100 and up
“Delta recently doubled its [unaccompanied minor] rate to $100 and Continental upped its charge to $75 on direct flights and $100 on trips with connections.”
7. Changing a Reservation: $30-$200
“United Airlines has hiked its ticket-changing charge from $100 to $150. “
8. Paper Ticket: $50-$70
“Delta charges $50 to customers who still want a physical copy of their ticket.”
9. Airport improvement: $4.50-$20+
“…the airport-improvement fee has one short-term impact: It makes your ticket more expensive.”
10. Fuel Surcharge: $30-$300
“Fuel now accounts for 40 percent of a ticket’s price, and surcharges are regularly $65 each way on most major carriers. “
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Annoying Airline Charges [Forbes Traveler]
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