Air travel isn’t what it used to be. Many of the items that were once included in the price of your ticket have been “unbundled” — including the ability to make a seat reservation, airline meals, and the first checked bag (unless you’re flying on Southwest or JetBlue).
This weekend, I’d like to know which of these once-included amenities you miss the most.
Also, please send me a note with your thoughts on “unbundling.” Do you think eliminating these items — without lowering fares in a meaningful way — has been good for air travelers. How about for airlines? (Please include your full name, city and occupation if you’d like your comments to be used in a follow-up story.)
The Transportation Department has proposed rules that would require airlines to quote an “all-in” price for tickets. Do you think that’s a good idea? Bad idea? Has “unbundling” gone too far? Or is it inevitable?
Have a great weekend.