AIRLINE

How refundable are airline fees? Not so much

The North American airline industry collected an estimated $8.2 billion last year from fees for items such as checked baggage, premium seat assignments and early boarding privileges — a $700 million increase from 2013. But are they keeping more of your money than they should?
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So you think you’re an airline expert?

Do you like to fly just for the sake of being on the plane? Do you proudly refer to yourself as an aviation nerd? Does jet fuel run through your veins?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, and if you also like to help people, then I’ve got an opportunity for you.
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Who really benefits when airlines are penalized?

Although the U.S. Department of Transportation fined seven airlines a total of $1.7 million last year for violating its controversial tarmac-delay rule, most of it went straight to the U.S. Treasury. Why isn’t the money awarded to the passengers who sat on planes for hours before taking off?
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