US Airways is joining a long list of airlines that are charging extra for all checked bags, while simultaneously limiting the number of bags permitted to be carried in the cabin.
Remember days of yore when flying was fun, and airlines provided free meals? Today, not only can First Class passengers go hungry on many flights, but Southwest and other so-called “low-fare” airlines removed aircraft ovens altogether, as so much dead weight!
Remember when minors were only required to purchase an adult ticket to fly unaccompanied? Well just last week, Delta Air Lines quoted my sister a great base fare but would have added a whopping $200 extra to fly my unaccompanied nine-year-old niece roundtrip between New York City and South Florida. The add-on fee would have doubled the total cost of the trip!
Instead, Sis searched some more, this time starting with carriers offering the lowest unaccompanied fees and compared base fares from there. Turns out, though Air Tran had a slightly higher base fare than Delta, they only charged a $120 unaccompanied fee and $10 less to check her bag. Sis saved more than 10%!
Be smart about shopping for a “fair fare” by always comparing apples to apples. Add up the add-ons which apply in your situation, add the base fare to that, and THEN compare the total charges one airline to the next.
Bing.com compares multiple travel sites at once, and then even predicts whether you should buy now or later based on pricing trends.
Bottom line? You have to beat the airlines at their own game. Compare, and compare again!
(Capt. Jay has no interest in this bing.com or any of the companies mentioned in this article.)