US Airfare Fees Double: How to Save Money to Hawaii

US Airfare Fees Double: How to Save Money to Hawaii

Last January I incredulously mentioned that the airlines have just collected 22.6 billion in ancillary fees in 2010. That was up from a mere 13.5 billion the prior year.

For 2011, you won’t be surprised that things have escalated significantly. US major airlines will take 12.5 billion this year from us in fees, up from only 6.7 last year. That’s an increase of 87 percent, or nearly double over 2010. Carriers worldwide are expected to rake in 32.5 billion by year’s end.

Delta Airlines announces its latest fee enhancement with “Economy Comfort.”

Following the model of United’s Economy Plus, this new service will become available in 2012,  including flights to Hawaii. For an additional introductory fee likely to be $99 each way, you’ll be provided with an extra 3+ inches of legroom and priority boarding. Is it a good deal? You decide. Delta this week also announced fare hikes system-wide.

Keep your Hawaii travel dollars in your pocket

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2. Read the fine print before you buy. The airlines simply have so many intricate rules and are masters at this game.

For example:

  1. Want to extend or cut short your trip? What will it cost?
  2. Are mileage tickets really free? What are the associated costs with issuance and changes?
  3. What are the first and second bag fees for the airline you’ll be flying?
  4. If your bag is overweight, what will the fee be?

3. USA Today Travel recently did an article covering many of the airline fees you’re likely to encounter.

If you have any tips to add let us know. Maybe you found a credit card offering a free bag or belong to an airline program that saves you on luggage and other fees.