Kinda, but only because they’re changing how they charge.
Since 2000, the price of airline tickets has gone down. For example, a ticket bought in 2000 cost $221.00 at a value of $280.00 today. However, tickets cost only $271.00 earlier in the year and are at $276 now.
So why are we so angry? Why do we FEEL the airlines are charging us more?
Well, actually, Shatner is Priceline, but the idea is the same. We’re paying less for the ticket because we are able to comparison shop online. We can go to any host of websites, type in our city of origin and destination, a range of days to depart and return and get 5 or 6 different prices from any number of airline. And if you’re like me, you pick the cheapest.
So, guess what? The airlines react to this incentive by reducing the price of tickets. However, they are NOT able to reduce the cost of flying. So, they have begun to charge for the “extras”.
- The number of bags
- The weight of bags
- The weight of people
- And now…..
They are charging for, you guessed it, the right to reserve a front seat:
NEW YORK — American Airlines has found another fee.
The Fort Worth, Texas, airline said Wednesday it’s now charging between $19 and $39 for “Express Seats” — those spots in the first few rows of coach that include bulkhead seats.
If we aren’t willing to pay more for a ticket, maybe we’re willing to pay more for a front seat?