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Skaer-Tactics: If the Airlines Can Do It...

March 17, 2008
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U.S. Airways recently announced, beginning May 5, it is going to charge $25 for a second checked bag. “We’re making these changes to offset record fuel prices and rising airline-related expenses,” the airline stated in a release. “With this policy change, we’re able to give you the choice to avoid the fee and pack fewer items. With fewer bags to process, we save both money and fuel and can pass that savings on to you.”

Funny, but the airline is blaming the high cost of fuel, but, in truth, it just wants passengers to travel with less crap. Bring more and it will simply cost you. Airlines continue to find ways to screw…err…get more of our money, but justifying each change (or so they believe). They charge $20 (or more) for issuing a paper ticket. If you want to fly standby, it will cost $50. Some charge $100 on standby travel with a nonrefundable ticket.

And, to think, many contractors struggle over the idea of adding a fuel surcharge. Maybe contractors should charge $20 for shoe covers. A tech can come in a home with or without them. It’s up to the customer.

That said, there has to be more legitimate charges a contractor can justify in passing along. Let me know. I’d like to collect these ideas and present in a future editorial. All I know is this: When the airlines begin charging to go to the restroom - or for toilet paper - while in flight, we are all in trouble.
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Tom Templeton
March 30, 2008
Mark, in your article of the NEWS dated March 17, 2008 you voiced your concern how the Airlines find ways to fleece us of our hard earned money. It's for sure they have us between a rock and a hard place. Pay or don't fly. Most in that industry will follow suit every time any change is made. Just think back how it uses to be, and look at it now. We travelers have agreed. The Comfort business can very easily recover their cost and make a profit without alienating their clients using Flat Rate Pricing. Why is it necessary for a contractor to add a fuel surcharge to a service invoice, they are always written in at the bottom. These additional costs never go away. The smart ones know their cost and can adjust on the fly without looking like Fly-By-Nite Airlines and gouging the customer. Flat Rate; Just another proven way to separate themselves from the Fly-by-Nighters. Great challenge, I'm looking forward to you getting feedback so you can continue to write Great articles.



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