It goes without saying that of the many gripes travelers currently have about flying, the so-called ancillary fees charged by the airlines for, well, everything they can disaggregate from the core service would rank near the top of the most-despised list.
But of the multitude of such fees, which irk travelers the most?
A new survey conducted by Skift shines some light into that dark corner of the travel experience.
According to a poll of 1,000 adults, the most and least reviled airline fees are as follows:
- Bag check fees (50.1 percent)
- Seat selection fees (18.4 percent)
- Inflight WiFi fees (12.4 percent)
- Inflight food or beverage fees (9.7 percent)
- Early boarding fees (9.4 percent)
Although there was general unanimity across age and other groups, there were a few interesting demographic disconnects:
- Wealthier travelers were less bothered by bag fees but more bothered by seat-selection fees.
- Less wealthy travelers were notably less bothered by inflight meal/drink fees.
- Younger flyers were more bothered by inflight WiFi fees.
- Travelers 65 years and older were most bothered by inflight meal/drink fees.
Reader Reality Check
Which airline fees do you find most irksome?
This article originally appeared on FrequentFlier.com.
You Might Also Like:
- 10 Ways Airlines Are Like Your Ex
- Seven Things You (Maybe) Shouldn’t Buy Before You Travel
- Travel ‘Perks’ That Aren’t as Good as They Sound
We hand-pick everything we recommend and select items through testing and reviews. Some products are sent to us free of charge with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions and do not accept compensation to review products. All items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time of publication. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.
Top Fares From
Today's Top Travel Deals
Brought to you by ShermansTravel
Peru: 6-Night Lima & Cusco Tour,...
All-Incl. Upstate New York Family Ranch...
Ecuador: 4-Night Quito & Galapagos Cruise...