Airline Fees Up By 50% Since 2009

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A passenger gets his boarding pass at an electronic ticket terminal at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Flying soon? You could pay upwards of 50% more in airline fees than for the same flight just one year ago. And don’t even think of asking for a receipt to document the pain — you’ll pay another $20 for that privilege.

According to USA Today, U.S. airlines saw a 15.8% increase in revenue during the year’s second quarter, due to a more than 50% increase in fees since June 2009. The paper reported $893 million was brought in from fees for checked baggage, while $600 million came from fees tacked on to changed reservations. Other “convenience” fees are attached to things like telephone reservations, which can cost up to an extra $35 (US Airways) or even $44.97 (Allegiant Air) – $29.98 round-trip booking fee and a $14.99 convenience fee.

But perhaps the most outrageous hidden price tag is the added fee for receipts. Some airlines now charge an extra $20 to passengers who request a receipt just days after their flight. Continental institutes the additional fee if the request is made more than seven days after a flight, while US Airways charges for receipt requests made more than 30 days later.

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As prices continue to increase, news of inflated fee costs is delivered as just another consumer squeeze. Earlier this summer the AP reported the average cost of a domestic flight was a whopping $328, while a proposed line of “saddle-like” airline seats providing just 23 inches of leg room was announced in order to pack even more people into aircrafts.