Sunday, December 21, 2014

Higher fares coming as fees still lead to confusion

Business travel has picked up this year, and more companies are realizing that increasing sales depends in part in getting folks out of the office and on the road. A good article in USA Today recognizes the realities of business travel and that companies have accepted airline ancillary fees as a part of the cost of trips. But companies, especially those that use sophisticated tools to manage their travel spending, still are frustrated by their inability to know how much fees really are costing them. Read more about that problem here.

Higher fares coming as fees still lead to confusion

Business travel has picked up this year, and more companies are realizing that increasing sales depends in part in getting folks out of the office and on the road. A good article in USA Today recognizes the realities of business travel and  that companies have accepted airline ancillary fees as a part of the cost of trips. But companies, especially those that use sophisticated tools to manage their travel spending, still are frustrated by their inability to know how much fees really are costing them. Read more about that problem here. 

Fee revenue recently has been the only way some airlines are making money, and that is going to only intensify as oil prices continue to rise. Over last weekend and this week, airlines tested the waters of raising fares on some of their most expensive tickets, those usually bought by business travelers. The most recent effort appears to have stuck.  

Tom Belden
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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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