(WXYZ) - If you're flying this summer, especially with your family, get ready to be nickeled and dimed with fees. Boarding fees, seating fees, baggage fees… wait until you see how much these can end up adding to the cost of your flight.
It started 5 years ago with fees for checked bags. Most travelers have adapted to that one.
But CNN & Fox News Travel Expert Andrea Woroch says the fees are now getting out of hand. New fees include:
--Spirit airlines $25 carry-on bag fee.
--American's fee of $19 to pre board with chldren.
--US Airways $25 frequent flier seat booking fee.
--and many airlines are now charging more for seats with extra legroom.
And how about this one... The international lap baby fee.
While infants still fly free within the us, on international flights parents will now pay 10% to 25% of a ticket: that means $500 in many cases. Of course, safety experts say mom’s lap is an unsafe place for a baby, and suggest buying a ticket and a car seat.
And remember that story the Wallstreet Journal broke about Orbitz targeting MAC computer users with higher priced hotels than people who log in on a Windows PC, because MAC users tend to have higher incomes and more expensive tastes.
Orbitz does not deny the claim. And now a follow-up report indicates that’s just the tip of the iceburg… that Orbitz knows a lot more than just what type of computer you have, and that it targets you accordingly.
For instance, if you enter from a budget website like Kayak.com the journal says Orbitz may offer lower priced options. If you enter from trip advisor, you may get higher priced options, because its believed you care more about hotel quality.
The Journal report says Orbitz even takes into account what city you live in when offering you rooms. That New Yorkers tend to prefer more urban-feeling beach hotels, while many mid westerners prefer simpler properties.
There's really nothing wrong with this. Other travel sites do it, and web retailers like Amazon.com do it all the time, targeting you with products it think will interest you based on what you've looked at before. Personally targeted ads are a trend of the future that are here to stay.
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