|One week ago JetBlue Airline surprised the industry by being the first to increase baggage fees from $25 to $30 on the first bag and from $35 to $40 on the second bag. Then the dominoes really started falling as Air Canada, and WestJet quickly followed. Last Friday United Airlines quietly announced they would be the first of the big three U.S. based airlines to increase baggage fees. I will bet you a nickel that both American and Delta will quickly announce they will be increasing the baggage fees in the coming weeks. The airlines generated over $4.5 billion dollars in baggage fees last year. This $5 increase represents a 20% increase in fees or $900,000,000.00 a year in revenue. CLICK HERE to read details of the U.S. airlines 2017 income and expense data.
Steve’s prediction #71: FedEx and UPS will shock the airlines by offering special door-to-door baggage delivery for $39 –
I am predicting that we are about to see the airlines’ cash cow (baggage fees) get a major disruption. With the new increase in fees (see above) the two major delivery companies smell a new opportunity to steal a big chunk of money away from the airlines by offering reasonably priced door-to-door luggage service. Think of how easy and convenient it would be to have your luggage picked up the day before your trip and delivered the day of your arrival at the hotel. No schlepping your bags through the airport. Simply call FedEx or UPS and travel just got a lot easier. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that someone makes this happen.
Seatguru.com is one of my favorite travel websites –
One of the best places to look when you are traveling (especially overseas) is www.seatguru.com. This website allows you to look at the seat maps on each airplane and shows you the details of each seat, such as seat pitch, etc. I use this site to check out if an airplane’s business class seats on international flights recline fully flat (like a bed) or have a partial recline.
There is a real nice two-week window in November and December to find good airfare prices –
Everyone knows that traveling around Thanksgiving and Christmas is busy and expensive. This year we are seeing that there are two windows that have reasonable airline prices. The first period is the first two weeks of November. The second period is the first two weeks of December. The airplanes during these dates appear to have a lot of empty seats. We have even been able to find several frequent flyer ticket seats during this time so you know the airlines have empty seats.
Three Cheers for United Airline’s Dave Hall – Great customer service brings refreshing surprise –
Recently I was flying on United Airlines from Denver to San Diego. The flight started off well as I received a complimentary upgrade. From there, things got even better as a flight attendant named Dave Hall was working that day. I am on hundreds of flights each year and often feel like the service is rather impersonal and bland. Not on this flight. Dave was the most engaged flight attendant I have ever seen. He talked with every person and even used our names. He filled my sprite glass over 5 times and was just so pleasant and professional. I wish there were more Dave Hall’s in the world.
Enjoy the best River Cruise in Europe with Women of Nebraska! –
Join Women of Nebraska’s exclusive and once-in-a-lifetime journey to Northern France next April and May. On board AmaWaterways’ AmaLyra. It doesn’t get any better. The 11-day tour begins with two days in Paris including a visit to Versailles as well as Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, Rouen’s Cathedral of Notre Dame, the charming harbor town of Honfleur, the Route of the Historic Norman Abbeys visiting some of the most magnificent monasteries, and of course the unforgettable D-Day beaches. This is the perfect blend of passion for the good life with culture, art, architecture and timeless landscapes. CLICK HERE for full tour details and call or email our friendly Group Department at 402-435-8888/GroupDepartment@
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