As a percentage of revenue, however, two smaller American carriers — Allegiant and Spirit — take the top spot. Something to remember the next time you see a “bargain” fare on one of those airlines.
Another carrier to watch: Alaska Airlines, which is getting more than 13 percent of its revenues from fees.
On a per-passenger basis, Allegiant again socks it to passengers, racking in more than $30 per passenger. Spirit holds its own, while United and American pull in some impressive numbers.
And hey, look who made the per-passenger list for 2009? That’s right, Alaska.
Watch that airline.
I’m deeply troubled by these numbers. There’s no doubt that ancillary pricing is forcing passengers to spend more for their tickets than they normally would — almost certainly more than they intended to when they first booked the ticket.
The airline industry insists that a la carte pricing gives its customers choices. Indeed. The only choice we’re really being offered is: American Express, MasterCard or Visa.
The sooner this nonsense is regulated by the government, the better it will be for all of us.
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