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One Airline That Stubbornly Refuses to Pile on the Fees (For Now)

Travelers have been glum spectators during what has been a decades-long parade of new fees.
Travelers have been glum spectators during what has been a decades-long parade of new fees.

[TIME]

Most airlines view fees for baggage and ticket changes as easy, highly lucrative revenue streams. Southwest Airlines views them quite differently: If it added baggage fees on par with other carriers, Southwest says it would lose roughly $1 billion.

When United Airlines increased ticket change fees to $200 (up from $150), the assumption was that competitors would follow suit. Well, airlines are just so predictable. To almost no one’s surprise, American, US Airways, and Delta are now also charging a $200 fee to any passenger hoping to change flight plans within the U.S.

Read more about how Southwest is bucking the baggage fee trend at Time.

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Freddie Allen is the National News Editor for the NNPA News Wire and BlackPressUSA.com. 200-plus Black newspapers. 20 million readers. You should follow Freddie on Twitter and Instagram @freddieallenjr.

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