The 5 most outrageous airline fees

The friendly skies are expensive enough without extra charges being tacked on, and not just when you check your bags. Company profits are adding up, too.

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Jun 12, 2014 7:17PM
I will only fly when there is no other option. Since we now pass on vacation destinations where flying is required, we're pretty much airline travel free. Between all the rip-off fees for literally everything, sky high airfares, airport frisk lines and the bum rush airline cattle car treatment, we gladly spend a little extra time and drive. Not to mention the fact if your itinerary required connecting flights with other airlines, there's a  50/50 chance of missing a flight. Since 911 airlines have become some of the most consumer unfriendly businesses in the nation.
Remember when flying was an event where you wore your sunday best and it was classy? Now it's basically a grayhound bus in the sky. I'd love to see the airlines shut down to the point it gets classy and elegant again if possible, bring back the gold old railroads we used to have. Chrome trains with elegant cars. Then again we've become classless and it'd look like a crackhouse on wheels.
Jun 12, 2014 10:49PM

Part of a nationwide trend that continues to accelerate whereby gouging is considered the new American way.

From the smallest businesses to the largest corporations it just keeps getting worse.  No real productivity, just stealing who is the most adept at digging into someone else's pockets more than they can dig into yours.

Jun 12, 2014 8:26PM
I'm driving, not flying to my home town this week to visit with close friends, reconnect with others I haven't seen in decades (yay),  engage in my favorite recreational activities, and hopefully, receive a clean bill of health for 2014.  I've got a sexy, brand new 'Stang drop top and satellite radio.  Not bound by airline reservations, fees, bag size and can take as many pair of shoes as I want.  No screaming brats or being crammed in my seat by a seat mate who may be a bit large.  If all goes well on this trip, I-95 and I will become best friends from this trip forward.
Jun 12, 2014 8:42PM
Extra fee's are something business has learned they can pad the bottom line with while legally advertising lower prices and not just for airlines. Higher quality hotels and motels use the same model and we're all aware of how banks and cell phone companies enhance profit. Even shopping on-line you have to be careful if you order something and it makes you click a button saying you've read their terms of service as you'll be likely being signed up for recurring shipments though you only wanted one. 
Jun 12, 2014 10:34PM

Flying to Boston on Southwest on Sunday with return to Phoenix. Free round trip with Southwest  Visa points and no bag fees. Will be checking my 50 pound bag free. Cary on will be snacks, crossword puzzle magazine, reading glasses, camera, medicine and a sweat shirt for Boston arrival. Will get a soda and water as needed free. Will have boarding pass printed out on Saturday and return flight on Friday. Worse case a 'B' boarding pass. Other trips planned this year are Vegas, San Diego, San Antonio, Denver and Saint Louis with no fees. Love them or hate them we only fly Southwest and soon Air Tran will be under the Southwest banner and flights to the Caribbean will be no bag fees. 

Jun 13, 2014 9:28AM
We desperately need high speed rail, it would save us all a lot of money.
Jun 13, 2014 4:57AM
I don't fly commercial any more.   If I'm not the pilot, I drive.  If there's too much water, I go by boat.  If I can't get there any other way, I don't go.  I forgot why I do this because it's been so long since the airlines disrespected me!  But I will stand my ground.  I swore I would never buy another new car after the crap GM sold me the last time.  That was 35 years ago.  I still haven't bought another new car.  How long you think before I ride on a commercial flight again?
Jun 12, 2014 10:51PM

If Congress does not set up hearings on this travesty, it will get worse.

Jimmy Carter started this deregulation of the airlines in the late 1970's. Now we are reaping the whirlwind.

Jun 27, 2014 8:12PM
ANY fee other than the price of the ticket is outrageous! Period, end of story, done.
Jun 27, 2014 7:08PM
How about Frontier's seat fee? Buy a ticket to get on the plane and then pay additional for the seat. Cost varies as to position in the aircraft. Bet I can't ask to stand - smiles.
Jun 27, 2014 6:22PM
High speed rail would be nice,  but only if it's not a big fat boondoggle resulting in service and gouging like the airlines already are allowed to do.
Jun 27, 2014 4:41PM
The airline just didn't get it. Check in luggage fee wasn't the point. I would not check my bag in even if they pay me $100 per bag. Who knew what they did to my bags in the compartment? In the old days, they used to check the tag of every bag before airport exit to make sure no one stole it. It is really unfortunate that they didn't even check the size of bags people carry on board nowadays with people delaying departure or arrival time trying to retrieve their over size luggages.
Jun 27, 2014 5:46PM
Just one more reason NOT to travel by air. I stopped using air travel shortly after TSA was formed and they wanted me to remove my belt each time I boarded an aircraft. No thanks. I won't strip to get on an aircraft. If it is that dangerous, I don't need to use it as a means of travel.
Jun 27, 2014 7:16PM
Airlines have gotten so greedy!  First they shrunk the size of the seats to cram more bodies I n coach.  Raised the ticket prices, added fees, charges for everything that used to be free!  The attitude of the airline employees have deteriorated, too.  The customer friendly service is long gone.  I used to be a frequent flyer, I'd rather go greyhound now. at least it's a lot more comfortable, affordable and heck, you an actually see the country!
Jun 13, 2014 1:10PM

"Jimmy Carter started this deregulation of the airlines in the late 1970's. Now we are reaping the whirlwind."


As with most of what ails us governmentally, all partisan persuasions are involved. America's airline degreg began during the Nixon administration; it continued through Ford and Carter.

Jun 13, 2014 9:06AM

Get an American Express Delta Airlines credit card.  You get 1 free checked bag for each person in your party, you get an annual companion ticket for only $99 and you get priority boarding.  Not to mention the extra bump in ffrequent lyer miles.

Jun 27, 2014 7:07PM
Jun 27, 2014 5:01PM
Luggage is charged by weight
Weight effects the drag of the Aircraft
Fuel consumption is higher,therefore they need to call it what it is 

             FUEL SURCHARGE
Jun 27, 2014 5:07PM
Here is something that may shock most people. Airlines are a business and the whole reason for any company to be in business is to MAKE A PROFIT. Some of you may find that hard to believe but it's just like Walmart, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Microsoft. They are all in business to make money. If you don't like all the fees then choose not to fly. It is your choice and I don't think that anyone is holding a gun to your head forcing you to fly commercially. Drive or take Greyhound or even walk if you want to save money..
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