Feds: Airlines Collect $1.4 Billion in Baggage and Reservation Change Fees

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 12:46 PM

As part of their fourth-quarter revenue,  airlines collected $792 million in baggage fees and $567 million in reservation change fees from October to December 2011.  That's down slightly from the third quarter, though it's still a big number.

Overall, airline profits in the fourth quarter of 2011 are down from the fourth quarter of 2010, with a 1.5 percent profit margin compared to 3.2 percent a year earlier, the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported today.

The BTS notes that  "other fees, such as revenue from seating assignments and on-board sales of food, beverages, pillows, blankets, and entertainment are reported in a different category with other items and cannot be identified separately."


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They are creating endless misery for travelers as a result of these shortsighted policies. People carry on everything short of a steamer trunk, gobbling up all the available space on board and creating boarding logjams. On a recent flight I took two weeks ago, they announced that because the flight was full they could not accommodate all the so-called "carry on" bags and were begging people to check their bags. I'm surprised at how many people I know who tell me they haven't flown in ages and try to avoid it at all costs.

May. 18 2012 08:35 AM

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