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Oh, the irrational passengers airlines fly!

What is it about air travel that makes us lose our minds?

Passengers say they don’t want cruise lines to adopt “a la carte” fares

Cruise lines are charting a course similar to airlines, which charge a low base fare and then add optional extras to the price of the ticket, routinely doubling the cost of transportation.

Passengers say they miss luggage-inclusive fares the most

It's been more than two years since most major airlines "unbundled" their fares and began charging passengers for the first checked bag. And although air travelers are now paying more for their luggage than ever -- $2.7 billion last year, compared with just $1.1 billion in 2008 -- they are deeply unhappy about it, according to a new poll.

Are airfares on a rollercoaster, or are they actually climbing?

This chart, which comes to us courtesy of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, is quite revealing. And at the same time, misleading.
  • Farelogix CEO: If government interferes with fare transparency, “all sides will suffer”
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    Farelogix CEO: If government interferes with fare transparency, “all sides will suffer”

Farelogix CEO: If government interferes with fare transparency, “all sides will suffer”

Apart from a few soundbites, the airline position on fees hasn't been fully articulated. So I asked an airline to do just that.

When it comes to airfares, you get what you pay for

Here's a fascinating graphic from our friend Bob Herbst, who shares a few numbers about airline ticket prices that might make you wish for the good ol' pre-deregulation days, when airlines competed on service, not price.

Is Southwest’s EarlyBird check-in worth $10? The answer is …

Yes. Sure, Southwest's decision to begin charging for early boarding is taking it on a slippery slope toward a la carte fees, but what a ride it is, according to passengers like Jennifer Rigdon.
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