For many US cities, the price to fly is going down. On paper, at least, but not really?
Round-trip fares fell 15 percent from 2000 to last year, and more than 30 percent between 2008 and 2009.
The problem: any money saved on airfare are eaten up by escalating fees that airlines are now charging for items that were once free as they’ve tried to cope with the travel slowdown.
In the first three quarters of 2009, Northwest Airlines took in nearly $206 million in baggage fees.
Delta charged passengers $350 million, more than double from the year before. Altogether
passengers paid nearly $2 billion for baggage and $1.8 billion to change tickets.
With many heading out for spring break this week or looking at summer travel plans, experts predict
airfares will start to increase again, partly because of increased demand.
But fees are here to stay it looks like. “The fare that you see may be lower than it was two or three years ago. But the actual amount of money
that you’re going to spend is higher, sometimes considerably higher.
Can an airline still quote a low ‘base’ fare minus taxes and mandatory charges, duping passengers into making a purchasing
decision — or should it disclose all of your costs upfront?”
We think the passenger has a right to see the total cost upfront and its not good business to hide costs in the beginning.
But Airlines have never been known of conduction good passenger friendly business, its only in their advertisement they show
themselves as the nice guys, but in reality ? we all have had our share of experiences.
Nationally, airfares are dropping, down nine percent since 2000 and 14 percent between the third quarters
of 2008 and 2009, the most recent time frame available.
But all in all, many people chose not to fly because of “hideous security rules, uncomfortable airline flights,
nasty airline policies.