The US Department of Transportation rejected a request from US and foreign airlines to delay new disclosure requirements about bag fees, but there will be few enforcement actions as they relate to interline itineraries or code-shares for six months.
It has come to this for airlines: To succeed carriers should consider following Spirit Airlines’ lead and compete on price alone, charge fees for overhead bin space and other amenties, avoid weak-kneed customer service, etc.
Farelogix launched its fee-calculation website, iflybags.com, and the Airline Tariff Publishing Co. is offering an API for companies which want to integrate the airline baggage-fee data.
The American Society of Travel Agents thinks the imposition of two U.S. Department of Transportation rules on airline bag-fee disclosures may lead more travel agencies to abandon selling airline tickets.
Delta Air Lines sees an annual $1 billion revenue opportunity in ancillary services such as Economy Comfort seats and Sky Priority services, and the carrier wants to become less pushy about fees.
Airlines looking to distribute ancillary services such as checked bags, seat upgrades and meals outside of the global distribution systems have found a new partner in Rearden Commerce.
What advice might Southwest Airlines chairman and CEO Gary Kelly impart to American Airlines and the travel industry about direct-connect?
Airlines made billions of dollars in bag fees this year and many are hungry to end complimentary meal service as their next target.