Travel Costs Rise, But for What?

2008 is the 'year of the fee,' but one writer demands more in return
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2008 12:30 PM CST
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(Newser) – We can't duck travel fees imposed by air carriers, hotels, and Uncle Sam, so let's demand more in return, Christopher Elliott writes on MSNBC. Airlines are adding $25 baggage fees and "probably illegal" fuel surcharges, and the TSA will add a “temporary” bump in security fees—so can't we turn our contempt into a little added value?

The extra we cough up for bag transport should go toward a luggage tracking system, Elliot writes. And the add-on for fuel costs should be returned when prices fall. And how about resort fees for services like WiFi that rarely work? Hotels should have to keep them tip-top. And let's ensure that the extra we pay for airline security gets 5-year-olds off the no-fly list—instead of more officers who impound holiday pies.