The extra costs of flying

I traveled by plane last week and was amazed (and annoyed) by all the charges. There’s been talk about charging for blankets and bathroom visits, but luckily this hasn’t happened yet. Still there are charges galore. I make a special effort to avoid all charges. To avoid extra charges I… Pack light (I carry-on bags whenever possible, or I fly Southwest airlines where bags still fly free). Bring an empty water bottle and fill it once I’ve passed security. Bring plenty of snacks. Bring entertainment. Book an aisle seat. I like the possibility of maybe stretching my legs. I wonder what I will be charged for next? Air?

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I traveled by plane last week and was amazed (and annoyed) by all the extra charges.

  • $25 for an exit row seat (it has a couple extra centimeters of leg space).
  • $25 dollars per suitcase.
  • $8 for a bag of something salty.
  • $3.50 for a personal bottled water. This was offered before the free water.
  • $10 or $12 for an upgrade meal that came wrapped in gobs of plastic.
  • $$ for the in-flight movie.

There has been talk about charging for blankets and bathroom visits, but luckily this hasn’t happened yet.

Why do I find these charges so annoying? Is it because flying is annoying enough without extra charges? Maybe. Or maybe I dislike paying for things that were previously free. Either way, I make a special effort to avoid all charges.

To avoid extra charges I…

  • Pack light (I carry on my bags whenever possible, or I fly Southwest airlines where bags still fly free).
  • Bring an empty water bottle and fill it once I’ve passed security.
  • Bring plenty of snacks.
  • Bring entertainment.
  • Book an aisle seat. I like the possibility of maybe stretching my legs.

What do you think of the extra charges? I wonder what I will be charged for next? Air?

Author: Kate

I'm a writer interested in photography, philosophy, bikes and simplicity.

3 thoughts on “The extra costs of flying”

  1. Considering the height at which those plains fly, they might charge for air. Who knows?
    Personally, I prefer trains. Yes, they are slow, but riding on a train gives me restful, calming feeling.
    Still, go SouthWest!

  2. I also recommend Jet Blue, where you still get to check a bag and get a snack for free. :) I think it’s ridiculous how much they are nickel and diming everyone…I have never been loyal to an airline before, but I now seek out Jet Blue because they treat their customers well.

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