The Surfboard Baggage Fee Business
Traveling and surfing tend to go hand in hand as you become addicted to our lovely sport/lifestyle. Once you get the bug you want to chase the best waves around the globe. So anything that affects our chances of hitting the road economically is big news. If you have traveled within the last couple of years you probably have noticed the absurd charges for bringing a simple necessity like luggage on the plane. We have been getting harassed for years about board bags but now the shake down for all luggage is almost every where. Baggage fees may irritate you, but airlines sure aren’t complaining.
According to CNN Travel, Airlines have raked in more than $2.5 billion so far this year on baggage fees alone, a number up 22.5 percent since this time last year, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
And fees will continue to climb as long as the market will bear it, said Michael Boyd, president of Boyd Group International, an aviation consulting firm.
“For the average passenger, you are paying more,” Boyd said. “These ancillary revenues are making airlines profitable. But it’s the name of the game. People are paying it, people aren’t revolting, and so they’ll be there forever.”
At the top of the baggage fee revenue list is Delta Air Lines, followed by American Airlines and US Airways.
So it looks like until there is a revolution we are pretty screwed. Not only will we over pay for the seat we are sitting in and food on the flight, now we have to pay for all of our bags in the luggage compartment.
I need to start a website, “Citizens Against Baggage Fees” .com
Let the revolution begin!