Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Alaska Airlines Announces Several Fee Hikes

Citing "a need to raise certain fees to better align them with the current costs of providing added services," Alaska Airlines announced several hikes in fees. In a press release, the airline stated these added costs are part of a larger strategy to further increase revenues and reduce expenses.

New Alaska Fees Effective May 21, 2008:

  • Booking an airline ticket through phone reservations: Increases from $10 to $15.

  • Fee for overweight baggage: Increases from $25 to $50.

  • Charge for transporting pets in the cabin: Was $75, will increase to $100.

  • Unaccompanied minor fee: Originally $30-$75, new charge $60-$75 each way.
The airline announced it will begin charging a second checked bag fee of $25 this summer as well, a move most of the major airlines will be implementing as well.