Saturday, July 4, 2015

Airline fees: Everybody's doing it so why not?

Did your mother ever tell you, "Just because everybody's doing it doesn't make it right" ? Some of us don't mind paying "a la carte" fees for airline services and amenities that were once included in the fare. But best I can tell, many of my readers do mind.

Airline fees: Everybody's doing it so why not?

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Did your mother ever tell you, "Just because everybody's doing it doesn't make it right" ? Some of us don't mind paying "a la carte" fees for airline services and amenities that were once included in the fare. But best I can tell, many of my readers do mind.

In the last few days, several articles have noted that there's a new fee at United and US Airways for paying the first-checked-bag fee at the airport instead of online beforehand. Actually, that information was posted here twice, April 23 and May 18.

You can see what I posted May 18 by looking at the bottom of the first page of the blog, choosing page 6 and looking at the last item. That post received an usually high nine comments from those who don't like the fees.

Here's the best of the recent articles I've seen about customers' and airlines' opinions of fees.   

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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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