Dec 12, 2010

Report: Airlines charge big fees for small up-grades

A report at the link below shows how airlines can be creative in turning the ordinary into an upgrade.

Virgin American certainly deserves the credit for creative packaging in the seat fee game -- turning formerly humble, if more comfortable, exit row seats into something desirable and high class -- as if they were VIP tickets to a top concert of a sporting event.

Virgin America isn't the only airline playing the extra fee seat game, though certainly no other carrier has the audacity to charge a premium of $500 to sit in the exit row -- even if it does offer an extra six inches of legroom.

Most major airlines are now maneuvering to bring in more revenue by charging extra for some coach seats.

The report goes on to show how other airlines play the "bait and switch" game at flyers expense.