These days it seems like we’re constantly paying fees when we travel, which makes heading out on vacation a whole lot more expensive than it has to be. But the amount of fees you’re forced to pay out does depend on which airline you travel on, and a new report reveals which airlines are nickel and diming us the most.
According to a report by IdeaWorks, travelers on Spirit Airlines are the ones who wind up paying the most in fees, about $51 per passenger. In fact, Spirit gets 47% of their revenue from additional fees, with 33% of that coming from online booking fees, something that can only be avoided by going to an airport and buying a ticket there. Getting a seat is another big seller for Spirit, with 11% of their revenue coming from seating fees.
Top Ten Airlines That Charge The Most Fees
- Spirit: $51 per passenger
- WOW Air: $49 per passenger
- Allegiant: $49 per passenger
- Frontier: $48 per passenger
- Jet2.com: $43 per passenger
- Qantas Airways: $43 per passenger
- United: $39 per passenger
- AirAsia X: $33 per passenger
- HK Express: $33 per passenger
- Wizz Air: $31 per passenger
Not surprising, the report finds that baggage fees are where folks get hit the most, amounting to about 40% of airline revenue, although for airlines like HK Express and WOW it’s more like 65%.
Source: USA Today