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I fly Southwest whenever I can. Maybe it is just good marketing but their business model seems to address most of the complaints people have with other airlines and their excessive fees.

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"2forFun, don't just fly over and drop the arrogance bomb." I see what you did there.

How about the fee for changing flights..yikes!

Rutherford NJ
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aside from costly ticket change fees, add: fees to check (even one) bag; fees to actually *gasp* reserve a seat (if you're flying with your child(ren), for example); fees for food (other than a teensy bag o' pretzels or a cookie) on a 5-plus hour flight; fees to use wifi in the plane (because movie service/entertainment is no longer provided on most flights in coach); fees for "slightly less cramped" coach seats. checking in with airline staff at the airport is now for the most part discouraged other than for "premium" passengers and/or group tours--etc. i am sure there are other fees i've missed. i tried to keep the "extra" fees down on this trip.

this was all on an international flight on a domestic carrier, and recently.

next time i very well may look for an international carrier, and justify the non-domestice airline and the extra couple hundred in ticket price: because we'll actually be able to check one bag, get meal service, and maybe even reserve our seats, have some in flight movies, without the "extra" fees.

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Va, I know. Shame on me.

2forFun, don't just fly over and drop the arrogance bomb. Please, add to the discussion. Toss a little knowledge out please.

Me? I only fly about 150,000 miles a year and while that doesn't qualify me to fly a plane, repair one, or run an airline, I know a bit about the airlines and airports, having worked in an ancillary field. I do know about gate fees and how they differ per airport, and how routes are approved.

Lastly, I do know that airlines are now (in recent years) profitable after having lost money for decades. If, and I agree, fares haven't kept up with inflation, and costs are high, going beyond employees, fuel, planes and maintenance, how else are airlines achieving their profitability without costly ticket change fees and aggressive yield management?

BT

New Orleans LA
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"Do tell"

BT, did you just encourage ncal to keep talking?

Windermere FL
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After working more than 30 years for 2 different airlines I can tell that you people don't know sh*t about the airlines. Like most people you think that they airlines only pay for employees and fuel. I won't go into detail about all the other expenses that they have to pay to both the cities or to the federal government for the privilege of transporting you from point A to point B. As to the cost of tickets after taking inflation into play a ticket is less now then it was 20 years. So all you Monday morning quarter backs lets do a little thinking before your fingers start moving on the keyboard. Like an old Chinese say goes "Its better to keep your mouth shut and let people think that you are a fool then to open it and remove all doubt." or in this case your fingers on the keyboard.

Honolulu HI
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NCal - which regulations are keeping the airlines from making money without overbooking? Most regulations placed on airlines since Carter deregulated in the late 70's have been safety-related. Are you saying those should be eased? Do tell. Which ones?

@HFT - Your "Congress should pass a law..." post sounds an awful lot like a liberal trying to put regulations in place on big business.

...NCAL, chime in here! Isn't increased regulation a liberal thing, or was HFT really trying to say something else??

Oh, and HFT, 2Try IS absolutely right. Along with maximizing occupied seats, airlines earn big revenue through change fees which are almost pure profit. That's what drives the overbooking; maximizing shareholder value.

AND you're wrong; ...hotels, cable companies, and medical practices ALL overbook. The first overbooks their sales/reservations. The latter, their services; think installation and appointments. The concept is the same for all.

HFT, it's not as simple as you think. (See what I did there?)

BT

Oh, the irony! The funny thing is, you don't even see it!

New Orleans LA
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Get the regulations off the airlines so they can make money without having to make sure every single seat is filled.

Las Vegas NV
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2try, No, you have it wrong. Congress should pass a law that when a Airline takes your reservation and is paid for, you own that seat on the plane. They are forbidden from "overbooking" because they would be selling your seat. If you don't show for the flight the seat is empty and you lose your money. The Airline has no lose because you didn't show up for the flight. What other business overbooks its sales. None.

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Airline pricing has more to do with how many people they can shove into a small space than regulations. The passengers in the US pay these prices and allow the behaviors and continue to fly. You should try an airline from another developed country.

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