By Bill Fogarty
Airlines are looking everywhere to
make some extra money and who can blame them? Many
charge to check luggage. Others want a backhander
for assigning you with a decent seat. And what about
frequent flyer programs, have you tried to cash in
your miles lately. Not what you that it was I’ll
So the trend is to down market the eternal frequent
flyer eh? Companies think they can save big bucks by
making their staff fly economy when she is used to
flying business or even first class. Heck they even
have a new airline in South Africa that is planning
on charging by the minute. Go figure! So lets say
that you as a company director have succeeded in
getting your best saleslady to downgrade to economy.
How much do you save?
Well once again I suggest you go figure. What with
many airlines charging extra for things like bag
checking, pillows, selected seats, food and whatever
else they can come up with. What the heck, we all
have to make a living and airlines are no exception.
But my oh my are they creative; and although they do
not conceal the extras they make it difficult for
one to figure out the end cost of a ticket. What’s
more, according to a survey by Seeking Alpha, many
fliers are rating airlines on the basis of extra
charges. And here’s one for the books.
Aussie low cost airline Jetstar charged an
overweight woman (she weighed 160 Kilos) for a
second seat. Problem was, although the “comfort of
other passengers” was cited, the second seat the
lady was assigned to was-wait for it-not next to the
first one. That’s right she still sat in one seat
and paid for another, So I am going to end this
little ditty with a question. This is not original
though, I read it somewhere, Say an airline charges
you to check in your bags and then lose them; do you
get your money back?
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