Holiday Travelers Pay More Fees to Fly
"A lot of times, the airline you choose is based on what your arrival or departure city is," Banas says. "A big city like L.A. has five airports and you can flight on any airline, but if you're from a small town, you might only have a couple of choices, so what do you do?"
Those in podunk towns that lack fee-friendly airlines may consider earlier or later travel dates or traveling on the holiday itself, which tends to be cheaper and more comfortable. Those bearing gifts are advised to mail them or take advantage of free shipping offers from online retailers.
Those curious about the next wave of fees need only look beyond the borders. British Airways charges passengers up to $90 to book seats in advance. Last year, Air Canada charged fees for customer service by asking passengers to pay $25 to $35 each way for its "travel assistance" program. Japan's All Nippon Airways, meanwhile, began asking passengers this month to use the bathroom before boarding to help conserve fuel, while an executive at Ireland's Ryanair mused publicly this year about charging passengers to use the toilet.
"I think it's unlikely, but ask me two years ago if they were going to start charging bag fees and I would have said it was unlikely," Banas says.-- Reported by Jason Notte in Boston. Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV