According to Expedia, a lot of U.S. fliers are cheapskates. Or at least they’re tight with money when it comes to paying airline fees for ‘extras’. Cheap? Maybe. Others might call it ‘frugal’ or good old common sense.
Biggest Cheapskates on Fees
Cheapskate habits were documented in a recent Expedia survey of 11,000 travelers around the world. According to one news report, people from the U.S. are less likely than almost every other country to shell out for any amenities on short hops and 67% of U.S. fliers said they “avoid baggage fees at all costs.” Australians were close behind at 62%. More interesting nuggets from the survey.
Willingness to pay for business or first class upgrades
On flights lasting 7 to 12 hours:
- 43% of Mexicans
- 24% of Americans
Willingness to pay for an aisle seat
- 17% of Singaporean
- 16% of Americans
Willingness to pay for a seat in a child-free quiet zone
On flights 12 hours or longer
- 41% – Mexico
- 38% – Thailand
- 37% – Taiwan
- 18% – U.S.
Willingness to pay for alcohol
On short-haul flights
- 13% – U.S.
- 10% – Global average
Items or amenities travelers “can’t live without”
Results include fliers from all countries.
- 43% – Water
- 33% – Mobile devices
- 26% – Headphones
- 24% – Meal
Is alcohol a ‘can’t live without’ item?
Yes, for 9% of Americans but in this instance the U.S. was bested by the Australians (14%). We understand, mate.