Julie Dye spent $5,635 on four seats for her family to fly from Denver to London. But apparently that wasn’t enough for British Airways, which asked for an additional $45 per person so that she could sit next to her own children.
Morgan Coffey found a great price on a flight from Harrisburg, Pa., to Denver on US Airways. By buying early, Coffey wanted to lock in a competitive price.
Maybe she should have waited. When she checked prices later, she found the price of her ticket had dropped by $50.
Let’s savor this for a moment, fellow travelers.
If you ever doubted the devil was in the details, consider JetBlue’s new luggage fees, announced this week. The airline said it would start charging for checked bags last year, but declined to provide details. Now it has.
Lufthansa claims its latest fee will help passengers like you. But it will do the exact opposite.
First, a little background for the uninitiated. GDS is the abbreviation for Global Distribution System, and has been the reservation system used by travel agents since the automation process began in the 1970s.
Margaret Waldman’s surprise airline “refund fee” is a mystery. Solving it could be a bad sign for all of us.
Waldman, a retired writer who lives in Oakland, Calif., decided to cancel a recent flight to Spain, which should have been no problem. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has a 24-hour rule that says most tickets have to be refunded if you notify the airline within a day.
Instead, Iberia charged Waldman a $25 fee.
What happens when you find out that you have a schedule change before your airline or travel agent?
Hey, don’t laugh. In a world of airline codesharing, it’s not uncommon.