Survey: Travelers Willing to Pay for Specific Baggage Fees (That Don't Exist)

Some interesting findings from a recent survey of’s customers, especially the part where nearly 50% say they’d be happy to pay a fee that hasn’t even been invented yet. Once the airlines hear about this, though, you can bet they’ll mulling it over carefully (if they’re not already). We’re talking about a bin fee.

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Pay a Fee, Get a Bin

According to the press release, 42 percent of those surveyed say they’d be willing to pay an unspecified fee for dedicated overhead bin space for their carry-on bags. The irony is, bin space only began disappearing as more and more turned to hand luggage because the airlines began charging for larger bags. Perhaps those surveyed assume a bin fee would be cheaper than the $25 checked-bag fee. There is also the convenience factor to consider, which brings us to another unusual fee some say they’re willing to pay for.

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First on the Bag Carousel Fee

One of the great things about using a carry-on bag – besides the fact that it can’t get lost – is that it allows its owner to make a quick getaway from the airport. This has not escaped the notice of the checked-bag brigade and many of them (35 percent) say they too would be willing to pay an extra fee – if it meant their bag was first out of the luggage chute.

What Fee is Would You Pay For?

Now some of you may be thinking, let’s not give the airline any ideas, but it’s probably way too late for that, so let us ask: What new fees would you be willing to shell out your hard-earned money for? Feel free to explain on Facebook.


Published: February 4, 2014