(Almost Never) Free Birds
Summertime – and the living is easy. But never the travel. And, for anyone flying this summer, trying to take stock of what the actual cost of a flight may be has never been more difficult.
It’s hard enough to discern how and why base fares are calculated, but add-on fees for seemingly every “amenity” possible means that the true price of a flight can no longer be measured in the price quoted at the time of the transaction.
CNN.com has put together a great reference guide for the weary traveler, compiling fees for those items most often charged by the airlines and tabulating the fees across 11 major domestic carriers.
Look, I realize that the fees may be here to stay but when choosing my own seat is going to cost an extra $5-$20, I need a pretty incredible incentive to even think about booking through that airline.
Agree or disagree, it can’t hurt to get educated before you fly. You might even find yourself saving a few bucks in the long run.