With baggage fees a given these days, one would think that there should be some minimum level of service for delivery of checked baggage at destinations. Alas, no such rules exist, resulting in random wait-times at baggage carousels.
Sunday Musings: Live like an Italian, Dali disturbing Christmas, we all want airline fee transparency
Learning to live like Italians will add another dimension to life, Salvador Dali didn't mix with Christmas in 1960, and airlines are still grinches when it comes to airline fee transparency.
Airlines just raised the stopover fee for flights to Europe from $100 to $500. Why? Because they can. Because they have an oligopoly that has no effective competition.
Cheap airfares are a laudable goal. But, creating cheap airfares by hiding ancillary fees is deceptive and misleading.
These days, airline passengers have to feel like they can hardly sneeze without getting hit with an airline surcharge. Now, United has a new sneaky fee.
Mysteriously, a couple's seats together in Business Class get changed. The airline claims, "Stuff happens." Too bad passengers can't make the same claim.
A new DOT rulemaking, released after 1,000 days of deliberations, is momentous and will eventually change the way airline tickets are sold, how on-time and lost luggage is reported and how online travel agents interact with their customers.
Same flight, different prices; SWA eschews fees; no first class for congressmen
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.
Both airlines and the government have been creating more and more misery with long lines and abysmal service and then charging fees for upgrades or to avoid the pain they have created. Have you found yourself in that situation.