Well, that and the JetBlue employee who fulfilled every disgruntled employees fantasies by cursing out a passenger over the loudspeaker, grabbing two beers and then escaping via the inflatable slide. (I'm guessing Steve Slater's life story will soon be the fodder for some type of Butch Cassidy-like adventure film; I hope he's got a good agent.)
But back to fees, where the news is less Hollywood blockbuster-worthy. Industry magazine Travel Weekly recently reported that airfare experts are stymied about how to report pricing. Everyone knows that overall costs are going up. But because the actual increases tend to be in corollary fees, its become very difficult for the trackers to, well, track. The article points out that the one nearly fee-free carrier, Southwest (bravo to you Southwest, by the way) has been raising rates; its average one-way fare has inched from $110 to $112 to $132 recently, the clearest indication that consumer costs are rising.
|Paris Las Vegas (Photo by Thierry)|
As well, a number of new fees will be added to the bills of those traveling to Europe. Travelers heading from the UK to the USA will pay a passenger duty of 96 GBP (about $100) to fly out in economy class, 120 GPB in premium classes (including premium economy). This additional fee goes into effect in November. Ireland will be imposing a similar duty of 10 euros (about $14) and Germany 26 euros ($36).
So that's the bad news for travelers. In a happy development, the Harrah's Properties in Las Vegas (Harrah's, The Flamingo, Caesars Palace, Bally's, Imperial Palace, Planet Hollywood, Rio, Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon, Paris Las Vegas) have announced they will be ditching their resort fees, meaning its going to be easier to figure out how much you'll spend on that upcoming Sin City vacation. Well, if you can avoid the slot machines, that is.