Sunday, February 14, 2016

Airline fees here to stay, perhaps with new name

Airline industry officials and consultants gathered in Southern California last week to talk about "a la carte" fees and "ancillary revenue," the hot buzz words in the busines these days. They weren't there to talk about ways to charge you fewer of them, or do away with them if the economy gets better. But they did offer hope that they become more transparent, or perhaps packaged in a way that may make them more palatable. Advice was also offered at the confab about giving fees a new name that doesn't sound so much like what they are -- additional cost to the consumer. Read more about it here.

Airline fees here to stay, perhaps with new name

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Airline industry officials and consultants gathered in Southern California last week to talk about "a la carte" fees and "ancillary revenue," the hot buzz words in the busines these days. They weren't there to talk about ways to charge you fewer of them, or do away with them if the economy gets better. But they did offer hope that they become more transparent, or perhaps packaged in a way that may make them more palatable. Advice was also offered at the confab about giving fees a new name that doesn't sound so much like what they are -- additional cost to the consumer. Read more about it here. 

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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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