More airlines charges are ahead for summer travellers
As if it isn't already really expensive to fly now, another US airline, JetBlue Airways, is now going to start charging customers for pillows and blankets.
This isn't all new news, as I flew on Zoom Airlines not two months ago to London, and they were charging for blankets and pillows, but I assumed that was for international flights, not domestic ones.
There will no longer be the recycled blankets and pillows on JetBlue, but instead you can get an 'eco-friendly' travel blanket and pillow for $7 on flights longer than 2 hours. You do however, also get a $5 coupon for Bed Bath & Beyond in the kit.
The carrier claims the pillow and blanket feature a fabric technology, developed by CleanBrands LLC, that blocks pesky critters like dust mites, mold spores, pollen and pet dander.
JetBlue already offers free "Snooze Kits" on overnight flights from the West that include an eyeshade and ear plugs.
But the blanket and pillow kit is the latest in a string of a la carte items the company says are providing a revenue boost to help offset the soaring price of jet fuel.
It is not known how much money these new rules will bring in, but the company expected to make an extra $40 million from customers buying seats with extra leg room, and about $20 million from customers having to pay $15 to check a second bag.
Last week, US Airways began charging customers $1 for coffee and tea and $2 for bottled water and soft drinks - which is already common on a lot of European flights.
JetBlue tried to make their new move seem like an environmentally friendly one:
"Replacing our old, recycled pillows and blankets with this state-of-the-art, high-quality take-home kit is an eco-conscious, health-conscious and customer-conscious decision," said the general manager of product development, Brett Muney.
But it's really all about the money, as jet fuel now costs 71 per cent more than it did last year.
So, for a recap, US airlines are now charging for all beverages, including bottled water, checked baggage, at the very least the second one, but many have plans to charge for any checked luggage. Also in the new charges are flying for 'free' using your frequent flyer miles, as you will have to pay a 'processing fee' to use them. One last thing is the new cost to fly unaccompanied minors, and in some cases it's better to actually just fly along with your children - it will cost about the same.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, once airlines realize people will pay these fees, they're just going to keep adding on more and more.
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