Airline fees reached more than $6B in 2012, DOT says

05/14/2013 | Seattle Times, The · USA Today

Preliminary data from the Transportation Department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics show $3.5 billion in luggage fees and $2.6 billion in reservation change fees going to airlines in 2012 -- a record amount since 2008, when airlines began charging luggage fees. The fact that these fees account for carriers' 3.7% profit margin last year could mean they will be a favorite revenue source for airlines for years to come. And if the $50 increase in change fees recently imposed by several major carriers is any indication, more fee increases may be in store for passengers this summer.

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