Editors Blog


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

March 17, 2008
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

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.
You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

2014 MCAA Annual Convention

Scenes from the 2014 MCAA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Podcasts

NEWSmakers: Julian Scadden

Training is an ongoing process. Julian will discuss how you can generate maximum return on time and energy invested training by following a three part process. Listen to this podcast to get expert tips on training, tracking and follow up. 

More Podcasts

ACHRNEWS

NEWS 04-21-14 cover

2014 April 21

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

SERVICE CALLS POLL

Which statement on service calls best applies to your business?
View Results Poll Archive

HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

plumbing-hvac.gif
2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research

 

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

DON'T MISS A THING

Magazine image
 
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con