HOUSTON, TX – Money for nothing; it’s what airlines do best.
Okay, it’s not exactly ‘nothing’, but we all know the days of your trip costing just what you paid for airfare are history.
A report by IdeaWorks states carriers around the world made more than $27 billion in 2012 in fees and other non-fare revenue. That’s up 20% since 2011 and double what it was in 2009. United, Delta, American and Southwest lead the world in fee income.
If you flew, you likely contributed to their windfall by paying for things like reservation changes, baggage fees, early boarding, assigned seats, extra legroom and snacks.
With profits in the billions, airlines will continue to fly sky high while we have to deal with it, and the idiot next to us.