Travel managers go up against airlines on surcharges

11/20/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Corporate travel managers are trying to negotiate lower prices to keep up with increasing fuel surcharges, and also for other amenities such as Wi-Fi, baggage and legroom. "Airlines can use fuel surcharges as indirect fare hikes and masquerade them as fuel surcharges," said Henry Harteveldt, co-founder of the Atmosphere Research Group. He added that prices do not seem to decline when fuel prices decrease.

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