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With gas prices down why are we still being charged extra baggage fees?

November 6th, 2008 by Debbie's World of Books

Someone pointed this out to me and I was like “yeah, why is that?”  It seems totally unfair that all these airlines starting tacking on fees for checked bags because they said they needed to offset the rising cost of fuel.  But now that the price of fuel has plummetted why aren’t these fees going away and instead new fees are being tacked on?  The whole idea of these extra fees just tick me off.  Forget the extra fees and just automatically add them to the base price of the ticket.  That way I can easily see which airline would be the most cost effective.

I know, I know.  These businesses really don’t care about making our lives easier and of course aren’t going to make changes that don’t benefit their pocketbook but come on.

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  1. Jenn

    Part of the reason, I think, is that most major airlines bought fuel at a fixed price that may have been higher than it is selling for now. The reverse worked to Southwest’s benefit b/c it locked in a great rate before the rise, which is why (or at least a big reason why) Southwest has been able to stay “no fees” or whatever their jingle says.

    Airlines are understandably nervous, but I agree that I much rather not know that I’m being nickel-and-dimed to death.

  2. dsuzuki

    Yeah, that is what my dad pointed out later. Although I still don’t think airlines would lower or get rid of the fees even if they did have fuel at a lower price. Call me a pessimist.

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