Just How Far Can The Airlines Push Us?

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Just How Far Can The Airlines Push Us?

Brian Williams just reported on the Nightly News that Spirit Airlines has begun charging 45.00 for passengers to place a carryon bag in the overhead!!! He also said that unless passengers begin raising *&^%, this kind of treatment will only get worse. Well, I am ready to raise some *&^%!

I don't know about you, but I am outraged at the gouging of the airlines toward it's passengers.

Enough is Enough!

How long will it take for all the other airlines to jump on board with this? How long did it take for them all to begin charging for checked bags? Not very long at all, as I recall.

Rise up, America!

What can we do to show them that we won't tolerate these absurd fees? I would really like to hear your thoughts on this, Rainers!





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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Maybe the solution is to wear several layers of clothes... just kidding.  I used to love flying, now it's more a necessary evil...

Apr 08, 2010 01:50 PM #41
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Debi, I heard on that same report that they MIGHT start charging to use the restroom!  Ok - so we can put on all of our outfits on top of one another - wear our luggage so to speak and just be sure our carry-on fits under the seat.  No extra fees :-)  OH and just in case, don't drink anything, in case they do start charging for the restroom LOL

Apr 08, 2010 05:08 PM #42
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Shipping your stuff ahead could be an answer, and the layering is a good idea - BUT then if you did have to go the restroom - you wouldn't fit in the darn thing!!!

Gabe - That's my idea - be reasonable & fair!!!!!!!!

Apr 08, 2010 05:36 PM #43
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Debi!  I saw that same show and was absolutely amazed that they continue to do this--they're killing us already with their prices and increased fees.  In response to the layering--don't forget if we're over a certain dimension, we're charged for two seats too!  LOL

Apr 11, 2010 04:14 PM #44
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Debi, flying is a big pain now-a-days. When I do fly, southwest or song are my preferred airlines. What I dislike the most, is the recirculating air. It was so much nicer when fresh air came into the cabin.

Apr 11, 2010 05:21 PM #45
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

I think the answer would be to fly another airline. Vote with your wallet. The market is efficient. 

Apr 11, 2010 11:49 PM #46
Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ

Airline prices are a lot lower than they were years ago, and they are trying to survive. The increasing cost of fuel is very hard on the airlines bottom line.

We have to understand that they have to make money in order to stay in business. The best way to do it, in my opinion, is to increase the fares. However, the public doesn't want that, so they look at these back door methods.

I would prefer a 45 price increase instead of the charge for onverhead.

 I heard one Bridish airline is going to charge about 1.5 pound to use the loo.

Apr 12, 2010 12:33 AM #47
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
Re/max Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

I don't care what they charge, I fly a lot and carry very little when I do.  The carry-on bins are always packed to the gills so much they barely close.  It's not just a few items being carried on board.  I think this may be why the airlines are starting this.   My only requirement from the airlines is that it's a safe flight and gets me to my destination.

Apr 12, 2010 01:04 AM #48
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Debi it is clearly abusive.   Consumers have to sit back and suck it up daily as we are forced to stand by and be victims of this abuse of power.

Apr 12, 2010 01:34 AM #49
Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation

Southwest Airline is the only one making a profit and is not charging unreasonable rates.  I don't know how they do it, but the others need to take lessons!! 

We always fly Southwest whenever possible.  They need to expand their areas of service.

In the mean time I vote to get a large purse and ship the rest.

Apr 12, 2010 01:47 AM #50
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I hate it but I don't think it can be stopped - it's just their way of circumventing a price hike.  If they didn't charge for the luggage, snacks, blankets, etc. then they would simply increase the cost of the ticket.

Apr 12, 2010 02:36 AM #51
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Debi - I heard the news and also the company was saying that their price is cheaper compare to others. So I am confused, if they are cheaper than other airline but charge for carry on bag then are they really competitive. Too bad, we can't just totally boycott the airline industry but we can certainly fly less. Everyone is trying to take advantage of this "down turn economy". Company is laying off staff to cut cost, cutting salary to help make the company numbers, price increase because raw material cost more....the list of excuse is on and on....

How about the CEO of these big company take less or give back their compensation? Some did but then they get some bonuses when they meet the "numbers". They could drive a less expensive car or not but that mansion on the beach..... everyone is to blame but the impact is more on us, those who are trying to make a living.

Apr 12, 2010 05:04 AM #52
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Southwest, Southwest, Southwest.....they are now a bit more expensive than everyone else, but I don't care. By the time you add $100 or more round trip, it's a deal. They don't charge for unaccompanied minors either. Just a great Airline all the way around.

Apr 12, 2010 05:47 AM #53
Ted Tyndall
Davidson Realty Inc. - Saint Augustine, FL
FL Homes for Sale-Palencia, World Golf Village,Nocatee,St. Augustine

Debi, it is rediculous. I heard them last night say they were doing it because they could load and unload the plane faster. Right.

Apr 12, 2010 08:21 AM #54
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Debi,  Guess I am a Dinosaur...I don't fly.  Living in a rural area, it just doesn't happen for us.  Slower pace of life.  All the negative news on flying just makes it easier to make a long drive or Ride (Motorcycles).  Best of luck to you...Have a Great Week!

Apr 12, 2010 09:19 AM #55
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Debi - I too was outraged about this.  Even more so that they would even think to start charging for use of the restrooms.  I just came back from driving my son to the airport for a transatlantic flight.  He does not a fly frequently, but being 6'3" he requested an aisle seat with some legroom and was hit with a $59.00 bill for the provelege.  Seeing as there were no other free aisle seats, he was stuck with the charge.  It seems these days that if we want to fly in comfort, it'll be costing us a hefty amount over and above the cost of a ticket.  UGH!!

Apr 12, 2010 09:39 AM #56
Terry Lynch
LAR Notary and Closing Services - Saint Clair Shores, MI

Would most people be reacting with this much outrage if they had just raised the ticket prices by the same amount? Probably not.

Apr 12, 2010 11:28 AM #57
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

By most accounts, Southwest is managing quite well, with reasonable fares, and not implementing all these ridiculous extra charges. if this is so, why can't the others manage it? Unfortunately for me, Southwest does not fly out of Colorado Springs.


Apr 12, 2010 01:13 PM #58
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I do wish that they flew to Charlotte!  I've flown them before from Denver to Dallas and loved their service.

Apr 13, 2010 04:53 PM #59
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I know what my husband would say: AMTRAK!

Business people won't mind paying it because they just charge it to the company, which then increases the cost of its products to us, the consumers. If businesses would do more teleconferencing, and vacationers would do more driving, we could put the airlines out of business, but then we'd miss them.

Apr 21, 2010 03:56 PM #60
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