US Airlines are making a profit, thanks to additional fees for baggage, for changing reservations, even for aisle seating on some airlines.
I am sure we all read the reports from the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics very carefully, but for those few out there who don't here's little gem in their latest report for last year's air traveling public:
"Total revenue for all passenger airlines for the full year 2012 was $159.5 billion.
All U.S. passenger airlines collected a total in 2012 of $3.5 billion in baggage fees
and $2.6 billion from reservation change fees. "
Who cares? The airlines apparently do, and perhaps other service providers are thinking that there's a revenue stream we may be missing. Nice fit, since all of us put up with these charges on airlines, even the up-graders, since somewhere in their fare is an offset for that pillow, blanket, and extra bag allowance.
So next time you check into a room and see a charge for the one ounce bottle of shampoo (full bottle extra) just remember that I warned you!