US Airways Charges For Everything

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.


16 thoughts on “US Airways Charges For Everything

  1. scott detlefsen

    I know there is’nt anyone who is happy about the bag charges or charging beverages. But, they are trying to raise more revenue. If government would have tried to do something about the high oil prices 20years ago. we would not have this problem…
    Also, you can only raise tkt’s so much without the consumers getting pissed.
    At least they will have a choice to buy a drink or not to buy a drink. I live in Omaha Nebraska. And if I were to drive to Phoenix Arizona it would be almost 1700 miles. At 25per gallon if your lucky would cost about $284.00 one way..round trip $568.00. Plus , the driving you would do while visiting the city. And wear on the vehicle. And would take you approx 45 hours round trip to drive it. May even need a hotel stop or two.
    And you can buy a ticket to Phoenix for aprrox $340.00 round trip. People have been spoiled paying cheap tickets. And its time they cowboy up.
    Airlines get 67 cents out of every dollar to plan a budget. Thats right. They pay 33 cents out of every dollar to taxes… This is no different going to get something to eat and paying everything seperate. Where you might have received bread with your meal. Now you have to pay for it. No one complains. People keep paying more for beer and cigarettes.
    How do people think we can do it. If the general public is complaining about their cost of gas for the car. And it is taking a toll on the household budget. Think what it does to an airline with 300 to 400 aircraft…
    No one said this would be forever. …And by the way…if the airlines would outsource, or the airlines would cut employees wage and benifets (which they already have) fares will not get any cheaper…only would give bigger bonuses to top executives…

  2. gary

    Ignorant people cannot realize how much the airlines are losing. How is it that these fees are a ripoff when airlines STILL lose hundreds per person per flight? I would love an explanation from the Greyhound crowd. Trust me, since ’79, in real terms, tickets have gone DOWN 50%. How oh how is that a ripoff? Incredible.


    US Airways will stop at nothing until they nickle & dime the passenger to death…
    Their multi-million dollar a year MBA CEO & President never even considered hedging on fuel…even though that is their job & responsibility. If Southwest can hedge 2 years in advance at $51/ barrel then why can’t US Airways…it’s because they don’t exactly know how to run an airline even though they do have the diploma and salary to think they do.
    27 year airline veteran

  4. Jeanne Leblanc

    But $8 for a bad turkey sandwich IS a ripoff because a bad turkey sandwich is not worth $8.
    And $15 to check a bag is stupid when it will just cause people to try to stuff the same amount of luggage into an overhead bin.
    As for fares, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Raise the fares instead of the ridiculous fees. And this is something the airlines can’t seem to manage because of their own inability to compete reasonably against each other. They’re still trying to kill each other off, and they’re barely standing.

  5. Bruce

    I am shocked how ignorant people are about the economics of travel. Everyone is saying just raise fares and every thing will be fine. So instead of a $200 fare to Orlando, just charge $700 to cover costs and everything will be fine.
    I doubt there will be enough passengers who will spend the big bucks to go to Orlando (or where ever) and so the plan will not work. Instead we will just spend the money we use to spend on travel on other activities and the airports and planes will be empty.
    Also who is going to pay for the bonds and other financing debt for the airports who have expanded with an expectation that millions more will be flying in the years ahead?

  6. Chiller

    I wish airline executives could remember the times when you priced your product to cover your costs plus some profit. These office boys are so intent on protecting their market share, they think nothing of bankrupting their companies in the pursuit of that effort.

  7. Jeanne Leblanc

    But we’re not saying $700 fares to Orlando will make everything fine. At least I’m not.
    I’m saying that nickel-and-diming offends the passenger, who then does everything he or she can to avoid the charges. Pack your own food. Bring carry-on bags only, etc. It’s not an effective way to raise revenue, and it’s very unpopular with passengers.
    I have said for quite a long time that fares are unrealistically low. And there’s no doubt that when they go up, demand will fall. Airlines are saying they need fare increases in the range of 20 percent to become profitable, by the way, not the exponential increases that people are suggesting here.
    So this is why the airlines are cutting their schedules back. This is supply and demand. It’s how marketplaces work.
    What’s interfering with the workings of the market is not, as some people suggest, the greed of the passenger. Consumers, whether greedier than corporations or not, would love to have $2 a gallon gas. But they won’t get it because the industry won’t allow it. The airlines set their fares. The customers don’t.
    So let me suggest that we stop blaming airlines for raising fares (as opposed to fees) because they obviously must do it. And stop blaming passengers for the state of the airlines.

  8. larry eller

    As for the comment for Southwest hedging fuel 2 years in advance, that is very true, they HAD a creedit rating the allowed hedging that far in advance. Southwest’s newest credit rating just released will not allow hedging as they once knew it, there credit rating has dropped significantly. They will be in the same situation as all other airlines by the end of 2008 with respect to rising fuel costs.

  9. Corso

    It makes sense to charge 2 dollars. You can bring your own if you want to, just buy it at the terminal before boarding.
    At first I thought, how ridiculous, but upon second thought it makes sense… You need to keep these charges separately from the Air Fare, the cost of your ticket varies by segments, there is no way to add 2 dollars to the ticket and call it the day. This would only evaporize the additional earnings to maintain and mitigate the rising fuel costs.
    If you don’t like it, take the train or drive your car, but don’t complain! You wanted deregulation, you got it, you are now married to your vows for good and for worst. Not happy with your vote, move to Russia.
    Bon Vivance, Bon Chance!

  10. David Watkins

    Several statements are true , some are not.Hedgeing fuel was allowed for those carriers that made money so as to guarantee that hedged price. I agree that a lot of ex’s do not know airline business, but economics are economics. My take is that the bus people will go back to the bus, the airline traveling person will go back to dressing up and paying up for airline travel.We have come full circle on this now too.Also it is ridiculous to charge for one (the first) bag as do you really expect to fly w/out luggage?

  11. Kellin

    ok so… to the person describing omaha to phoenix = almost 600$ roundtrip…
    yes good point… though splitting the cost with a passenger helps with fuel costs brining it down to 300 round trip… split it 3 ways… 200 dollars round trip, ect. You can’t do that with an airline ticket

  12. Dee

    I believe with all the added airline charges being passed on to customers that the times are changing. Many people I know are now using their vacations to do home improvements, or to purchase a large item for themselves or their home. Others are using their vacations to spend in their own back-yards with family and friends…or by taking some mini trips near their homes. Really to think that customers paying $2 for a soda will relieve some of the pressure for fuel is ridiculous. I recently had to take a trip to Ft Lauderdale, the cost for the flight round trip was over $900 – plus I had to pay $25 for my second checked bag – that is outrageous!! I did get a juice that I didn’t have any additional out of pocket expense – PRICELESS!

  13. Mike

    I’m not going to complain about being nickel-and-dimed, and I haven’t complained as the airlines have added a la carte charges for beverages, food, aisle or exit row seating, etc. But the checked bag fee has pushed me over the tipping point. It is no longer logical for me to do business with the airlines that do this. Therefore, I will do anything possible to avoid flying the airlines that charge for checked bags on top of all those other fees.
    My car gets 36 mpg, and Amtrak provides fewer hassles and a lower price even if it does take longer to reach the destination. I have more time than money right now.
    The logical thing is to make do without the airlines. That could also mean not traveling at all.

  14. sam

    What will happen when one choose to carry on, then as one enters the plane the F/A s tell you there is no more space and one has to gate check. will we have to pay the 15.00 then? what if you dont have the 15.00 on you? What about the express? will we have to pay on the RJ’s when there is no overhead bins to speak of???

  15. Jeanne Leblanc

    American Airlines suggests that it will gate check bags for free when the overhead bins are full – as long as the bags meet their rules for carry-ons.
    See Budget Travel’s interview of Mark DuPont, American’s vice-president for airport services planning:
    We all see some pretty questionable bags rolled aboard, so it will be interesting to see how strictly the rules will be enforced.


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