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Iflybags goes mobile with iPhone app for baggage fee calculations

Perhaps it is only fitting that Farelogix has turned its iflybags baggage-fee calculation service into a paid iPhone app.

Like iflybags.com, which debuted in October 2011, the $0.99 per download iOS app takes industry-standard data and rules from more than 325 airlines around the globe, and enables travelers to view calculations of baggage allowances and fees based on their class of service and frequent flyer status.

Beyond frequent flyer status, the website and app even enable travelers to input their credit card type to retrieve a fees’ analysis. Mulitple travelers and bags also fit into the calculation.

The app was published in iTunes March 5 and is currently available for a “spring break” promotional fee of $0.99 per download.

When the promotional period ends, Farelogix plans to charge $1.99 per download, says spokesperson Sue Carter.

So why go with a paid app?

“One obvious reason is that seek to recoup part or all of the development investment,” Carter says. “In addition, the price (a one-time fee for unlimited use of the app) is an extremely fair value., keeping in mind users always have the free website if they don’t want to pay for the convenience of the mobile app.”

So, how has iflybags.com been faring?

Carter says traffic is up 350% since January and Farelogix believes this is because travel agencies are using it for themselves and their customers, “and also as a tool that assists with DOT (US Department of Transportation) regulation compliance about first and second bag fee disclosures.”

iflybags.com “will always be free to consumers,” Carter adds, and as such it is not a revenue producer for Farelogix.

However, the ad-free status of the website could change in the future because advertisers have expressed interest in the site, she says.

 

 

 

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  1. JJ

    I can see it now someone has the app and flashes it in front of a burly check in agent saying this site SAYS I get 2 pieces of luggage for free. I’d like to see if the 325 airlines have approved this and will honour the information.

    I travel in economy and am gold with almost every known airline it doesn’t cover that, it also is missing low cost airlines and pre-paid vs airport charged luggage fees.

    If the money is made with ads I’ll take a pass, I’ve got enough of those fart apps.

     
    • vivi

      The information on the app is directly connected to the airline’s filings with ATPCO(airline tariff publishing company). Low cost carriers do not file baggage allowance/fees information with ATPCO and therefore theinformation is only available on their websites. Unfortunately it seems that like our Congress, we cannot get all the airlines to come to an agreement to participate. I am sure once they get fined a few times for non-disclosure by the USDOT, they will think twice about that. I would love to see how their websites also compare to what that burly check-in agent will say when you check in and how often they differ. I happen to have had a few experiences where what was on the website and what is actually charged was totally different.

      Prepaid baggage is also not a requirement of the USDOT and is not being filed currently by the airlines. I am sure this will be available in the near future. The app does cover your FF status on all airlines in thebaggage fees screen. This is more than just a fart app, it is a calculator for your baggage allowances and fees which are getting out of hand and do not have a place to live where all the information is available to the flying public in one single app.

      I am sure it is worth the $0.99 that they are asking for.

       
      • JJ

        USDOT-Congress US only. Asia has surpassed US air travel. It isn’t the 99 cents that is the issue it is free on their website-just lacks lots of content and no validation to the carrier site for confirmation.-a simple url link would suffice, If I booked on the carrier site it is accurate with up-to-date information. That check in agent will adhere to what is on their site not flybags

         
  2. Jim

    Evan, hundreds of thousands of people pay $0.99 for Fart Apps. I hope we have developed something that at least has equal or better utility and value for consumers. Thanks for your comment.

     
    • Evan

      Of course there are lots of apps with far less utility that are far more expensive. But is that the bar we want to set for ourselves? Fart apps?

      Farelogix is doing an admirable service for our industry (and the consumer): Tearing away at the legacy middleware that adds cost and reduces functionality and transparency for the consumer. I realize that is a lengthy and costly goal, but why not exclusively profit off of that, rather than add an additional cost to the nickel and diming we’re already feeling?

      Imagine the power of tens or hundreds of thousands of people having this app, demonstrating the power of transparency in air distribution…rather than a fraction of that paying $0.99, so you can recoup costs of a few thousand dollars.

      Can’t you hear the chorus of travelers, as they stand in long lines and shell out absurd fees, asking for someone (anyone) to get their back, help them out, throw them a bone….without an additional cost?
      Be the hero to the masses, I say. You’re already the hero to us in the industry.

      Just my 2 cents!

       
      • Jack

        Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave! Geez Evan. People love buying apps. Billions of them. Why not accept their money for service rendered? Are not industries comprised of businesses? Lunch is not free.

         
  3. Jack

    Evan,

    I can’t agree with you more. Estimated bags fees is something that should hit you over the head with when you make a booking. However, the last thing a GDS enable booking engine or airlines site is going to do in a buy cycle is to remind you that there will be additional fees for bags.

    No doubt aggregating information and making it available to people costs money and I seriously doubt a mobile advertising model would support the cost structure associated with a niche single purpose app. Programmers need to get paid for the valuable services they provide in providing usable services.

    I just bought the app and it is pretty dead simple to estimate what my bag fees will be for my family vacation. This is a handy utility and it adds to the list of things to do when you compare sites shopping for fares. At least now these guys are able to tell me what the others don’t want me to know – how much you’re going to pay for your bags.

    Budget minded travelers rejoice! Now you know and can plan and budget accordingly.

     
  4. Evan

    Nothing quite like paying a fee to find out how many fees you will be charged. Our industry continues the self-fulfilling prophesy of being vehemently anti-consumer. Bravo!

     
    • Benjamin

      Just to clarify, the download is a one-time fee of $0.99. Then you get unlimited use of the app. Also, you can always use the iflybags.com website for free!

       
      • Amelia

        Evan, I guess it depends on what your time is worth to figure it out manually? My time is worth more than 99c so the app is a good deal.

         
 
 

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