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    $900 airline change fee — three months early! Why not a sliding-fee scale?

$900 airline change fee — three months early! Why not a sliding-fee scale?

Airlines love to excuse their change fees by simply saying that passengers should either buy unrestricted tickets or purchase insurance. But for leisure travelers, unrestricted fares are often priced out of the ballpark and insurance doesn't cover everything — like mistakes.

Airlines expect our patience and understanding, where’s the reciprocity?

Airlines can have delay after delay and change in schedule after change in schedule. But, when passengers have to make changes (often because of an airline's changes), they get slapped with hefty change fees and a change in airfare. It is not just. Airlines should bear some burden of their random schedule changes and cancellations.
By |February 12th, 2014|Today|0 Comments|

Most airline fees are variable. Why not change fees?

Airlines are increasingly sophisticated with their fee structures. A "preferred" seat assignment fee varies from flight to flight, baggage charges are dependent on weight and/or time of payment), fuel surcharges vary from day to day. In fact, almost all fees are variable except the change fee on a domestic ticket. It would be reasonable and a good public relations move, to make the change fee variable too.
By |July 24th, 2013|Today|4 Comments|

Why new higher airline change fees may be hazardous to your health

Are heightened change fees really dangerous for your health. Ask a family that has to travel with a sick and contagious kid rather than fork over change fees and pay for the difference in ticket price for a family of four.

Virgin America — “A breath of fresh airline?” Not for tickets booked with nicknames

A simple weekend trip on Virgin America turns into a major hassle. Common sense certainly didn't prevail.
By |August 19th, 2011|Today|13 Comments|

Random international airline change fees — will they spread to domestic tickets?

With all the talk about additional fees that airlines are imposing on the traveling public, the oldest industry cash cow (and by far the most lucrative to the airlines before baggage fees) is the change fee. These fees on legacy carriers are always exorbitant and internationally, unpredictable.
By |January 12th, 2011|Today|0 Comments|

Exorbitant airline cancellation fees help spread disease

Janice Hough believes that current U.S. carriers' policies towards changing tickets contribute to spreading colds, flu and other illnesses around the country. She suggests a common-sense solution to allow the really sick to postpone or cancel their flight reservations.

The airline change fees they are a changin’

With all the added fees for onboard services, baggage, unaccompanied minors and pets, it's easy to lose sign of the cost to change a reservation. And while the airlines announce fare sales and mergers and new routes with much fanfare, they don't do the same when they increase their change fees. Which means that for travelers not paying attention, the costs can really add up.
By |January 19th, 2009|Today|6 Comments|