It was customary to buy a plane ticket that was a rather simple task. You would choose your flight and time and pay to travel from point A to point B. Today, buying a ticket is a more complicated process. Pilots face a number of options, each with its own price.
A lot of fees can be added to the plane ticket price so that the base cost is usually only a starting point. "Consumers don't know what to expect unless they all read in print, which is a lot nowadays," said Max Levitt, co-founder of Cheapism.com. Although the cable company provides you with a range of services, the airlines do exactly the opposite, providing you with optional options of services that were included in the normal fare. Carriers claim that the additional plane ticket fees are simply its idea of giving more options to travelers. Jeff Smisick, CEO of United Airlines, compared the process to ordering a pizza saying: "We used to offer you pizza with all the extras and that's all I got. Canceling the assembly allows passengers to pay only for what they want."
But what if the current base rate for a plane ticket is higher than the traditional price "with all extras"? Due to the high cost of fuel, airlines need additional revenue to stay in the air, according to an industry spokesperson. Privileges that were included in the cost of the plane ticket but now incur additional charges include baggage checks (heavier baggage, higher cost), cancellation, food and beverages. Other fees that are added to the plane ticket cost are for new services such as wireless Internet access and seating with extra legroom. There is even talk of a new program where a passenger can purchase a higher-priced plane ticket that entitles him to obtain 1.5 seats. If I was sarcastic, I might suggest that the size of seats on planes has shrunk over the past few years, so people will be tempted to buy a second seat. (Some do.) Selling a double seat means lower weight for passengers and luggage on board the aircraft, which results in lower fuel consumption while ticket revenues remain the same. Of course, I could be bigger now than I used to be and the seats look smaller …
In July 2013, a Consumer Reports survey named America's Spirit Airlines the most hated carrier. About 39% of Spirit's 2012 revenue came from sources other than the airline ticket. "Spirit is the only airline that does not exceed its fares, which can be 90 percent lower than other airlines," says George Hobika, founder and editor of Airfarewatchdog, which tracks airline deals. The problem is, in addition to the plane ticket price, they also charge a wide range of fees: from $ 10 to just $ 19 to book a flight, $ 3 for juice, a soft drink or dessert, and $ 35 to $ 100 per carry-on bag. Ironically, Spirit Airlines is thriving while other major carriers aren't. It should be very popular with these travelers who travel without luggage. It is clear that although no one likes to add fees, the fees must be weighed against the overall offers of airlines like Southwest and Virgin America to determine the best deal on a plane ticket.