How Much Do Airlines Rake in from Fees? More than $31 Billion

Those little extras sure add up: $5 glass of wine, $50 bag fee, $200 change fee. But did you know they add up to billions?

Four fees you should never, ever pay

1200% Increase Since 2007

According to a newly-released joint report from CarTrawler/IdeaWorks, last year airlines from around the world took in ancilliary revenue – or fees – of more than $31.5 billion. Here’s another startling figure: Fee revenue has jumped by 1,200 percent since 2007.

Fees through the Years

What global airlines overall rake in. See all the statistics in the CarTrawler/IdeaWorks annual report.

Airline Ancillary Revenue by Year

2013 59 airlines $31.5 billion
2012 53 airlines $27.1 billion
2011 50 airlines $22.6 billion
2010 47 airlines $21.46 billion
2009 47 airlines $13.47 billion
2008 35 airlines $10.25 billion
2007 23 airlines $2.45 billion

Which Airlines Earned the Most from Fees

Note which airline in sixth place – despite offering two checked-bags for free. Hello, Southwest!

Top Airline Ancillary Revenue Earners for 2013

United $5.703 billion
Delta $2.528 billion
American $2.079 billion
Air France/KLM $1.715 billion
Ryanair $1.689 billion
Southwest $1.624 billion

 

Airlines: Fees as Biggest Percentage of Total Revenue

Fees can really add to an airline’s bottom line. Notice that the biggest beneficiaries are all low cost carriers.

Ancillary Revenue as a % of Total Revenue – 2013

Spirit 38.4%
Wizz Air 34.9%
Allegiant 32.6%
Jet2.com 27.7%
Ryanair 24.8%

 

 

 

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Updated: November 7, 2014