Monday, April 21, 2008

10 Things the Airlines' are Keeping From You

Smart Money magazine put together this report on the top 10 things the airlines' don't want their customers to know. Not only have passengers endured one of the worst years of flying in 2007, but the airlines' are attempting to collect more fees from passengers while cutting back on their services. The airlines' are trying every which way to get into passengers pockets by charging fees for thing like exit row seating, luggage and booking your flight.

In addition, the airlines' are not disclosing how many flights they are actually scheduling during peak hours at high traffic airports. "For example, there's room for 32 to 52 flights to leave New York's JFK airport between 8 and 9 a.m., but 57 are normally scheduled, automatically leading to delays, according to congressional testimony by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association."


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Airlines' to Raise Fees on Children flying Solo

As if the Airlines' haven't already done enough to make traveling more difficult and harsher on passengers, the Seattle Times reports that some Airlines' are now planning to add fees on tickets for children who are flying alone.

The $50 service fee that flyers like Delta have charged for children flying alone, are now being doubled each direction a child flies! "The airline boosted its unaccompanied-minor fee — the charge to transport a child between the ages of 5-14 flying alone — from $50 to $100 each way on a nonstop flight..."

All of this, plus the Airlines' recent attempt to charge extra fees on passengers, such as a $25 fee for a second luggage and fees for making flight reservations over the phone; increases both the stress and burden on passengers.