Airline Fees

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6:00 . ON YOUR SIDE. THE HOLIDAYS WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. BUT BEWARE OF AIRLINE FEES BEFORE YOU BOOK THE TICKET TO VISIT YOUR RELATIVES. OUR CONSUMER REPORTER IS HERE WITH MORE ON A NEW STUDY THAT SHOWS YOU MAY PAY MORE FOR THAT CHEAP TICKET THEN YOU WOULD THINK. THAT IS RIGHT. UP TO 30% MORE MAYBE EVEN MORE THAN THAT. WHAT YOU CONSIDER BAGGAGE FEES AND PAIN TO BOOK A SEAT EARLY OR IN MANY CASES PAYING FOR THE SITE. THE NEW STUDY SAYS AIRLINES MADE ABOUT $35 BILLION FROM ADD- ONS LAST YEAR. WE MET A COUPLE OF TRAVELERS TODAY WHO SAY THEY THINK THEY HELPED THE AIRLINES MAKE SOME OF THAT MONEY. I AM FLYING DELTA AND THERE IS A $30 CHARGE TO GET WITH HERE WITH MY BACK. IN HER CASE $60 ROUND-TRIP TO CHECK HER BACK SEEMS LIKE A LOT. IT’S A LITTLE EXCESSIVE CONSIDERING I ALREADY PAID FOR MY FLIGHT. BACK IN THE DAY IT USED TO BE FOR FREE SO IF I HAD A FAMILY OF FOUR WITH FOUR BACKS IT CLEARLY ADDS UP. SHE SAYS SHE CAN SEE WHY SOME PEOPLE WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT FLYING. IT WAS AT LEAST ABOUT $150 FOR TWO BAGS AND THEN THE CARRY- ONS WERE $30 PER PIECE. DANIEL AND HIS WIFE WERE EXCITED WHEN THEY GOT A CHEAP TICKET TO SAVANNAH BUT SAY CHECKING BAGS AND HAVING TO PAY FOR CARRY-ONS COST MORE THAN THE FLIGHT. MUCH MORE THAN THE TICKET. AIRLINE CONSUMERS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR STICKER SHOCK WHEN THEY GET TO THE AIRPORT. EXTRA FEES CAN MAKE THAT LOW- PRICED AIRLINE SUDDENLY BECOME A BAD VALUE. CONSUMER FEDERATION AMERICANS IS DON’T BOOK THE TICKET UNTIL YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE EXTRA FEES. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT CONSUMERS CHECK ALL OF THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR PARTICULAR AIRLINE FARE. WILL YOU HAVE TO PAY EXTRA FOR SEATS? WILL THEY HAVE TO PAY EXTRA FOR A CARRY-ON BAG? THE AIRFARE IS $74 PER THE BAGS ARE 220. EVANS AND HIS WIFE PAID $74 FOR THEIR TICKETS BUT $228 TO CHECK THEIR BAGS AND TO CARRY ON THEIR BAGS. WE ARE WORKING TO GET THE AIRLINES TO FULLY DISCLOSE ALL OF THESE FEES. THE CONSUMER GROUP DOES ADVISE WHEN BOOKING A TICKET THAT YOU CAN NO LONGER JUST LOOK AT THE COST OF THE THEATER. CHECK THE AIRLINES WEBSITE AND FIND ALL THE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH LYING ON THE AIRLINE.

 

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