Friday, February 11, 2011

Global 2011: Extra Fees: What Airlines Really Charge

Airbus A330, a new aircraft introduced in 1994Image via Wikipedia
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics ranked the 10 domestic airlines that earned the highest revenue from extra fees in the third quarter of 2009, and used this data to find how much passengers on each of these airlines paid on average for extra charges. The charges included in these statistics are baggage fees and reservation change fees, as well as pet transportation costs, charges associated with redeeming frequent flier miles and standby passenger fees.

The silver lining to this story, if there is one, is that most customers seem to be able to avoid the majority of extra airline fees by planning ahead. Otherwise, the average fees paid per passenger would certainly be much higher than they are here.

1. Delta
2. Northwest Airlines
3. US Airways
4. American Airlines
5. Alaska Airlines
6. Continental Airlines
7. United Airlines
8. AirTran
9. JetBlue
10. Southwest Airlines

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