6 times to pay a preferred seat surcharge, even if you don’t need legroom

Airlines have gotten very good at getting consumers to pay for things that used to be free. As irritating as the practice is, there are some times when the extra dollars are really worth it. Preferred seats with extra legroom are especially popular. I admit, even though I am a short person with short legs, […]

Schumer has it wrong: Exempting baggage charges from excise tax benefits passengers

I hate to be the one to say, “The Emperor has no clothes,” but in this case, a senator howling about Spirit Air’s proposed carry-on bag fee being encouraged by a tax ruling, is wrong. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has contacted the Treasure Department demanding that they close a tax loophole that encourages airlines to charge baggage fees.

Seat-back pockets — the next airline/passenger battleground?

The battle between the airlines and passengers regarding the amount of “stuff” (that’s a technical term) that passengers can bring with them is seemingly never-ending.

Checked baggage fees keep going up and up, and carry-on limits are more carefully enforced. The combination means passengers have a greater incentive to bring as much as they can on board, but to consolidate it upon boarding.

So, instead of bringing books and papers separately, many travelers will pack them in a carry-on, but then put the bag overhead, and the reading material in the seatback pocket in front of them. Others do the same with toiletries, craft materials, and other things they want to use in flight.

Now this practice could just be about to change.