Is there a new $15 credit card fee on the horizon with the airlines?

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With fuel prices heading north and airline profits shrinking are we on the verge of a new $15 airline fee for using credit cards? For years I have been predicting that the airlines would someday charge a fee for using a credit card to purchase an airline ticket. After all they pay the credit card companies an estimated 3% fee for you to use your credit card to pay for your ticket. Airline revenues in 2016 were approximately $700 Billion. That means they paid the banks about $21 Billion in credit card fees. WOW! So you do the math of how many billions of dollars they could add to their bottom line by adding a $15 per ticket fee for a credit card convenience fee. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that someday this will be the next fee added to the airline’s Christmas tree of fees.

Delta, United and American all launch “NO” fares –

Last week American and United Airlines joined Delta in offering their new fares they call “Basic Economy” fares which they claim allow travelers to save about $20 compared to the lowest priced tickets. I call these fares “NO” fares as when you buy these tickets you get NO refunds, NO changes, NO upgrades, NO standbys, NO carryons, NO overhead storage, NO advance seat assignments. These 3 major airlines say they are introducing these “no-frills” airfares so they can compete with the low-cost airlines like Spirit, Frontier and Allegiant. I don’t understand why the Big 3 airlines have spent billions of dollars the last 5 years to improve their service levels to try to be the very best and now they want to dive to the bottom and try to be everything to everybody. This also just adds so much more complexity to the ticket buying process.

We answered the phone in an amazing 7 seconds in February –

I am so proud of our team as one of our core values is a commitment to “urgency”. We understand that one of the biggest frustrations customers are having is to wait on hold to talk to a real person. Executive Travel takes this very seriously and we have made it our goal to answer the phones with a live person in 9 seconds or less. In February we averaged an amazing 7 seconds on-hold time. WOW! I like to think of Executive Travel as the fastest travel management company on earth. If waiting on hold or having to punch a bunch of buttons bugs you then maybe you should give us a call at 402-435-8888.

New On-The-Go Travel App gets big upgrade –

Executive Travel has launched a new version of its all-in-one ‘On the Go’ travel application to enable corporate travelers to consolidate all travel data into one single mobile app, removing the need for multiple apps and travel resources. This new travel itinerary management platform places travel resources in one convenient app, which can be personalized by each traveler. Our new version includes the ability to share itineraries with contacts, make additional travel bookings via the app, plus synchronize calendar updates. Automatic itinerary updates, flight status notifications and useful guides are already available via the smartphone app. CLICK HERE for more information about great new On The Go travel App.

American Airlines is really coming on strong with new planes and a new commitment to service –

I have been most impressed with the progress that has been made by American Airlines the last two years. They say that even though they are the biggest airline in the world they are committed to being the best. American has been adding one new airplane a week to their fleet and they have made major commitments to upgrading not only their fleet but all levels of service, from food to uniforms. Three cheers for American. I like their attitude.

Executive Travel raises $775 in travel auction last week for the charity –

In our first ever Executive Travel Auction we were successful in auctioning off 50,000 AAdvantage miles for $775. All proceeds from this auction will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Join us next week as we auction off a 5 night resort stay in Orlando , Florida to the highest bidder with all proceeds going to one more great charities. CLICK HERE to register for next weeks auction.

Escorted Tours Anyone? Join our custom tailored group tours! –

Whether you are looking for a New York Broadway theater tour, a Christmas markets journey to Germany and Austria, a Danube River Cruise, Alaska, Italy, Vietnam or Ireland …or maybe a fun football tour to Seattle, Portland and Eugene to cheer the Huskers …we’ve got it all! CLICK HERE to see all our Escorted Tours; we offer the most incredible custom made journeys for any taste, any budget …any time! With our team of handpicked Executive Hosts, and our well known small group sizes, our tours guarantee the extraordinary experiences you deserve when traveling! Call our friendly group department at 402-458-9842 or email groupdepartment@executivetravel.com to receive our detailed tour brochures. Space is limited so do not hesitate to reach out immediately.

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