Al wrote:So, now with oil prices much lower, has this extra fee been removed? I haven't heard anything about it being removed.
You wont see it removed. Ever.
If you want to see where airlines are heading to, just look to the regional European airlines that charge for literally everything including blankets, drinks. Restrooms next?
Be on the lookout for:
1. removed first class seats - United's main planes only have FOUR first class seats.
2. additional charges for "premium" seats - this would include things such as "more legroom seats" such as now in United. Or aisle, exit row, bulk head seats.
3. Modifications in airline point systems - AA already is starting to charge 35k for continental US tickets.
A coworker speculates that you will start to see a division of services - "cheaper" tickets for the masses ie- Southwest, Jetblu, Ted. And certain airlines that will charge premiums for business travelers that can afford to pay more per ticket.
Fun times in the airline industry!