That’s the Ticket?

Commercial Airline ticket prices continue to increase at an unusually rapid rate. This of course is due in part to increases in jet fuel costs, but many airlines are also tacking on additional fees associated with your flight. Last minute flight change, oversized bags, pets, and additional charges for making reservations at the airport, are all ways commercial airlines are trying to increase their profits. According to Airlines for America, a trade group which represents U.S. carriers, the average domestic round trip ticket averaged $356 in 2013, an increase of 3.6% from the prior year. This is part of a 24% increase since 2009. In addition, airlines are increasing their fees. Ticket change fees can range from $200 to $450, and cost up to $175 for over sized bags. In some cases it is more economical to ship your luggage to your hotel a few days in advance rather than incur the fees. Fees are added for additional bags at a rate of at least $25-$35 each, while traveling with your pet can range from $125 to $250. Finally, a Bipartisan budget deal was recently struck which will impose even more additional taxes on airlines. TSA security fees were doubled, which is projected to cost passengers up to $730 Million annually. It is important to do your research and make arrangements to avoid these fees if possible. Booking flights well in advance, comparing websites, booking online, printing your ticket from home, are all ways you can save money in the long run.

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