Hidden air charges I got this story in a recent email from Travel Mole. It is amusing and accurate, have a look.

Hidden airline charges are number one frustration

Hidden charges by airlines have been voted the most annoying aspect of air travel by users of Skyscanner.
Charges for checking-in hold baggage, fuel surcharges and booking with a credit card received 24% of the vote.
Close behind, with 23% of the vote, was queuing for security and boarding, followed by lack of seat space (15%), fellow passengers (11%), having to check in so early (8%), bad staff attitude and poor customer service (6%), sitting on the runway waiting to take-off or disembark (4%), having to bus to and from the plane (4%) and waiting for your luggage at the other end (4%).
Skyscanner head of marketing Rob Innes said: “It’s incredibly annoying when you see a great flight deal, only to find the actual price is considerably higher once you’ve added all the extras.
“A transparent pricing system would win more favour with air travellers and avoid them feeling ripped off when they arrive at the checkout page. The good news is that if you study the small print and learn how to avoid the extras, you can still get great deals on flights”.
In a tongue in cheek press release, Skyscanner suggested a number of other things airlines could charge extra for:
A successful landing fee – to be paid upon disembarking the aircraft following a safe touchdown
- Coin operated overhead lockers, window blinds and seat lights
- Charge a premium disembarking fee – pay to get off the plane first
- Fee for releasing oxygen mask, then extra charge per minute of oxygen consumed
- Extra charge for emergency exit seats
- New charge for hand luggage based on weight
- Passenger weigh-in: surcharge of £1 per lb.
- Surcharge for children as they generate less revenue from onboard sales (they can’t buy alcohol)
- Life jacket optional – extra fee if you want one
- Extra charge for newer planes
- Standing room only – extra charge for use of seat
- Charge for using electronic devices onboard
- Charge extra for the captain’s weather forecast at the destination
- Extra charge for having a co-pilot
- Pay the pilot minimum wage, but allow them to make money on tips; pass their hat round on successful landing (see also: successful landing fee)
- Order planes without windows, as they will be cheaper and lighter

By Bev Fearis

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Premium class nosedive Bet you didn’t know that, if you. Like most of us, are an economy class flyer your fare does not pay for the cost of most trips by the airlines. Nope, according to IATA, the International Air Traffic Association, those in the front of the plane, the business and first class passengers contribute the most to airline profits. Freight makes up the difference and viola; profit picture.
Well there is a huge problem these days. First and business class travel is falling rapidly and cargo has, well, fallen. The money, in the form of premium class passengers and cargo has evaporated into the low-lying cloud base. The economic downturn has caused many airlines to significantly lower rates for all classes of air passengers, economy, business and first. But there is little hope in the near future to see an increase in cargo transport. Folks just ain’t buyin’ and the airlines ain't flyin’; cargo that is. Add to this maze of financial woe and you will find abandoned routes and unused airplanes. What’s an airline to do? Lower rates? Many are trying that to increase premium class load factors, but that too does not seem to bring instant relief. What does? You tell me please.

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Cheap Air Tickets? A recent article in the U.K. newspaper the Telegraph reported, correctly, that due to the financial downturn has resulted in great bargains for air travelers. The article, written by Oliver Smith says at air fares, particularly on long haul flights are as cheap as chips, as the saying goes. The article goes on to provide examples on prices that have fallen drastically. But the big surprise (to me) was the illustration on the all of business and premium economy fares. In the story Mr.Smith points out flights by Vorgin, BA and others as examples.
The report states that IATA, The International Air Transport Association, reported a downturn of over 8% in January, compared with the same period last year. This tends to be bad news for airlines but good for consumers. This report however concerns flights our of the United Kingdom. What about the rest of the world? Could someone please comment? The full story can be seen at
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