U.S. Airways will see that checked-bag fee and up the ante by charging for drinks – even bottled water.
It’s as if someone dared the airlines to outdo each other in pissing off passengers.
As of Aug. 1, non-alcoholic beverages will cost $2 on U.S. Airways and the price of alcoholic beverages will increase from $5 to $7.
Yes, that’s right. Seven dollars for a Budweiser. That’s an awful lot of money for a bad beer, especially without a Major League Baseball game or an over-the-hill rock band to watch.
Meanwhile, Patrick Smith of Ask The Pilot argues in The Washington Post that there’s no point in blaming the airlines. They desperately need to raise more revenue. (But he agrees the bag fee is stupid.)
I don’t believe these fees will save the airlines. It’s about the fares. They’re going up, and the airlines won’t stabilize until they go up more.