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Airline fees are everywhere!

August 8th, 2008 at 05:21 am

Well I checked everyone in today for our flights to Hawaii tomorrow and took a look at the latest airline fee listings. Holy moly! They want $15 for the first checked bag under 50 lbs, if it's 50-70 lbs it's $65 and 71-100 is $115. Yikes. My wife and I are flying in first class because I was a dope and bought us first class tickets awhile back (when I was charging myself into submission.) The kids and my daughter's boyfriend are in coach and it's now $2 for all drinks on board, $7 for a meal and $5 for a snack box (US Airways.) Ugh! Well I did find a loophole since we're flying first class. We get to check up to two bags each under 50 lbs for no charge so we're both going to do that to save us on the fees. Of course we paid more for the flights so we didn't really save any money but at least we will not get hit again with more fees. Food and drinks are also free in first but who knows how much longer even that will be the case the way they are tacking everything on.

Ugh!

6 Responses to “Airline fees are everywhere!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Wow! Can't even get a free soda?

  2. I-78 Commute Says:

    I know! It's so nuts. $2 for a Coke! Well that just frustrates me. Smile

  3. Aleta Says:

    The last time I flew, I bought coffee after passing through the security line and took it onboard with me. Could you do the same thing with a soda or could you take a can in your purse. It's really getting ridiculous. I know that they have to recover the fuel costs somehow, but you nickel and dime the public - they're eventually going to get fed up. This holds true especially for familites who travel with children. I don't know how they do it.

  4. my english castle Says:

    Airport food has become really expensive too as people try to avoid eating the crummy and expensive airline food.
    I sent an empty water bottle with DH on the trip to England, but thankfully American Airlines isn't charging (YET) for drinks on transatlantic flights.
    I think the charges for blankets and pillows are the worst. I've had seats that were just freezing cold, and I'll be darned if I'm hauling a heavy jacket with me to avoid the blanket charge.

  5. Aleta Says:

    The problem is that they're getting picky about how much you carry on with you as well. Who knows, they might start weighing the jackets next.

  6. I-78 Commute Says:

    Thanks you guys have some good ideas! They do drink water (my son the volleyball player and cross country runner refuses to drink soda now) so the empty water bottle idea is a good one. We also have those airline headphones to pass out to the kids so they don't get socked with the fee for them if they want to watch a movie.

    I swear it's just insane the way it's gotten to fly.

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