The only thing certain about airline fees is that they only go up. The recent hike of legacy carrier change fees has gotten a lot of press, including on this site. However, Frontier Airlines, which has kept change fees at $100, has been quietly instituting new fees of their own.
It isn’t shaping up to be a good summer for air travelers who are trying to stick to a budget. And let’s be honest: Who isn’t watching their bottom line? A few weeks before the traditional start of the busy travel season, United Airlines quietly raised its change fees on most discount fares from $150 to $200, rendering many of its tickets all but unchangeable. Then all the other legacy airlines followed. But, there’s more.
When Frontier Airlines announced they would begin charging for carry-on luggage this summer, Ned Levi’s curiosity was piqued and he decided to look into flying the “ultra-cheap” airlines, Frontier and Spirit, and compare them to US Airways, the dominant airline at his home airport. Take a look at how the comparison worked out.
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This weekend we read about luxury pools that come with upscale vacation rentals. A passenger gets arrested for using profanity. And Frontier Airlines struggles with fuel costs while Denver International Airport watches closely.
All airline travelers should watch the Undercover Boss episode where Bryan Bedford, chief executive of Frontier Airlines’ parent company, Republic Airways, went undercover as Richard last summer to work side by side with employees.