Airlines have come of age. They are businesses, like any other – and have learned a lot from retailers about product pricing. This is good and not-so-great for passengers, and more about that at the end.
Hear Rick Seaney tell editor Anne McDermott all about his first trip to Kohl’s (money-saving tips, too):
Airlines, Retailers and Pricing
- Airline ticket costs go up and down depending on a variety of factors, like which day you shop
- Kohl’s prices go up and down depending on a variety of factors, like limited sales
Charges for extras:
- Airlines charge for extras including meals and snacks, blankets and pillows and more
- Hertz will charge another $20 per day (depending where you rent) for infant car seats and more
- Airlines charge checked-bag fees (exceptions: JetBlue, Southwest) which increase depending on weight, and some carriers now offer door-to-door delivery
- FedEx charges for shipments which rise by weight and how quickly you want delivery
- Airlines charge a hefty price for changes to non-refundable tickets
- Companies like Amazon and Best Buy may charge a restocking fee for returns
Bottom Line for Passengers
The bottom line is airlines are insuring their survival as they increasingly act more like retailers and other businesses – and we also see this happening with all those mergers. For passengers bemoaning the latest cost of fees and other annoying charges, it may help to remember that extinct airlines can take us nowhere. Plus, if prices get too high – and people quit flying – prices will drop. And deals and cheap flights are still available if you know how to find them.