Wow, airlines sure are collecting a lot of “miscellaneous” fees — like, more than $2 billion


Here’s the final piece of the ancillary revenue puzzle. It’s an amorphous category known as miscellaneous operating revenues, and although we may not know that much about it, we do know there’s a lot of it being collected by airlines. Like, almost $3 billion worth of it last year. And probably about the same amount in 2010.

I won’t bury the lead: Between miscellaneous fees, baggage fees and reservation change fees, the U.S. airline industry will probably collect an astounding $9 billion or so from us this year.

Nine. Billions. Dollars.

Wow.

So let’s take a closer look at this last piece, then.
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