Airline food and beverage fees

by Gray Cargill on August 21, 2008

Today’s New York Times spells out the fees for food and beverages on each airline here (“Hungry at 30,000 feet? Pay up”). It’s good to be able to compare who has the best free snacks, and who is inhumane enough to charge for water, so you can make an informed decision about who you want to give your business to. USAir and Spirit? Fuggedaboutit. I’ll buy my own Pringles for half the price and fly Jetblue, thank you very much.

admin August 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm

I totally agree, Brad. I see it in other industries, too, in this recession–the penny pinching leading to bad business decisions that actually drive customers away instead of luring them in–but the airlines are by far and away the biggest offenders right now. It certainly makes a difference re who I book my flights with.

admin August 21, 2008 at 8:48 pm

I totally agree, Brad. I see it in other industries, too, in this recession–the penny pinching leading to bad business decisions that actually drive customers away instead of luring them in–but the airlines are by far and away the biggest offenders right now. It certainly makes a difference re who I book my flights with.

Brad August 21, 2008 at 1:52 pm

It’s sort of shocking that they feel like the way to recoup some of their losses is to make flying less appealing. Particularly with the bag fees that most airlines are charging now, I think they’re just shooting themselves in the foot. I suspect more and more people will defect to low-cost carriers like Southwest, which pretty much guarantees a round of bankruptcies and mergers…

Brad August 21, 2008 at 6:52 pm

It’s sort of shocking that they feel like the way to recoup some of their losses is to make flying less appealing. Particularly with the bag fees that most airlines are charging now, I think they’re just shooting themselves in the foot. I suspect more and more people will defect to low-cost carriers like Southwest, which pretty much guarantees a round of bankruptcies and mergers…

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