We don’t charge fees, but many vendors do!

October 24, 2016 by Jimi Tempfli No Comment

You know what’s frustrating when flying?  Those extra fees.  Baggage fees, paying for a seat assignment, buying a snack box during your flight, WiFi connections and all the other things you have to pay for besides the cost of your ticket.  You get the feeling you’re being “nickel and dimed” to death!  Well those extra things we have to pay for generate a sizable amount of income for the airlines.  40.5 billion dollars’ worth of income in 2015 according to a company called the CarTrawler Yearbook of Ancillary Revenue.  United Airlines led the way with a 6.2 billion dollar addition to their bottom line.  They were followed by American, Delta, Air France/KLM and Southwest. (Yes Southwest!)  Those airlines earned the most but who made the most money per passenger?  Spirit was number one, followed by Jet2, Allegiant, United and Qantas.

So if you are tired of being charged for every little thing, there are some things you can do.  Compare the pricing for your ticket between what they call “legacy carriers” (Delta, American) and the low cost airlines like Allegiant, Spirit or Frontier.  Not always but often times when you take your ticket cost and add in the extras like choosing a reserved seat or purchasing a soft drink, it works out to a better deal with the big airlines.  And you have to consider the itinerary as well.  If you can fly point to point with a big airline as opposed to a number of layovers, what’s your time worth?  You can also take snacks with you so you don’t have to pay those inflated prices on the plane.  You can get complete information on what you can take through security and thereby on the plane by going to the TSA website.

I guess that’s what makes Cruise 800 so different.  We don’t charge our customers for every little thing.  You work hard for the money you pay for your vacation.  You should keep as much as possible.

One more thing – to completely eliminate all those extra fees, drive to your destination if possible.  Many cruise lines now have ports of departure which are more accessible by car for many parts of the U.S.  Call us and we can research your options.

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Jimi Tempfli As a passionate traveler, I understand that all the details matter. Even those that seem insignificant can end up making or breaking a hard-earned vacation. That's why it's our passion to leave no detail to chance. We treat your vacation as if it's our own, and then back it up with decades of industry knowledge.