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More charges by low cost airlines

spirit air: we charge you for snacks

Spirit Air, by D-day

I remember a time when low cost airlines meant just that – low cost. For unbelievably low prices, one could jet set off to the Greek isles from London for the weekend, or hop from Kuala Lumpur to Cambodia to visit Angkor Watt. Not any more. Seems like all the low cost airlines are raising their fees. First there were (pretty) reasonable things like the fuel surcharge. But then they started tacking on unseemingly huge fees just to pay by credit card. Fees that were far beyond what the credit card companies actually charged the airlines (usually around 1.5% for Visa and Mastercard). Then airlines got more greedy, particularly Ryanair and their attempt to charge for using the on-board toilets, before they decided to just cut the number of toilets to one per plane of 200 passengers. The latest is Spirit’s attempt to charge $100 for carry on bags.

Surely what matters most to the airline is how much weight is on the plane. When will the day come when airlines will start charging passengers for total weight, including body weight and all luggage?

Right now, I’m loving Jetstar’s policy of allowing 10kg of hand carry on board, or Air Asia’s policy of allowing one piece of hand carry luggage weighing up to seven kilograms in addition to one laptop bag or small handbag. Fingers crossed this policy doesn’t change any time soon, otherwise I will have to drastically rethink my packing strategy.


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This entry was posted on October 6, 2012 by in Budget, Travel and tagged , , , , .
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