Pecked to Death by a Duck
Will airlines, hotels, car rental companies, and the like ever run out of creative ways to squeeze another dollar out of us? The latest is Spirit Airlines: The discount carrier announced that, starting Feb. 10, each passenger will be allowed only one piece of checked luggage; a second bag will cost $10. The carrier says the measure is just another way to keep its fares low. It's the first airline to charge for a second checked bag. Most airlines allow two free checked bags per passenger, up to 50 pounds each. Southwest allows three free bags.
This is just the latest in fee creep. Most hotels now sock you with a "resort fee" to use the facilities. Airlines are charging $2 a bag to check your luggage in at the curb. And forget about a free drink: even Air Jamaica, which used to be very generous with the free Red Stripes, is charging $2 a beer. I feel as if I can't keep enough small bills in my wallet when I travel, and they're not all going toward tips anymore.
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