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01/16/03

Airlines Want Travelers To Pay More In Fees And Taxes

The airline industry got a lot of attention recently, by introducing a number of new surcharges, and enforcing existing ones. Who pays? Guess what, it's you the traveler.

For instance, did you realize taxes and fees can make up anywhere from nine percent to nearly 50 percent of your ticket price? Here are just some of the things you will be paying for now as a traveler.

Let's start with your luggage. You are allowed two suitcases and a carry on, but if you want a third piece, that will cost you between $40 and $100. If any of your bags are too big, that will also cost $80 to $100 more.

And that's not all. If you want a paper ticket instead of an electronic ticket, that will be another $25. Although airlines have backed off this idea, they were going to charge you $100 to fly standby. Until the first of the year, you could fly standby free.

Travel agent Michele Keppner says it is aggravating to deal with the airlines these days.

"I get frustrated for the consumer. Maybe several months ago, they had one fee. Now fees are a lot higher," said Keppner.

After several years in the travel business, Keppner says travel agents are still left wondering what the airlines are going to do next.

"Because the airlines policies change every day, one day they will say they are implementing a certain fee, and two days later change it again and increase it or decrease it." 

So, where does it end? It's impossible to say, but as airlines cope with fewer travelers, they probably will continue to turn to the consumer to help make up for lost revenue. 

By: Jeff Lawson

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