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Old 08-05-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Airline Fees, Often Hidden, Test Travelers’ Limits - NYTimes.com
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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"When I recently flew from New York City to Detroit on Delta Airlines, I had a three-hour layover before my flight to Traverse City, Mich., so I tried to get on an earlier flight. But Delta no longer offers free standby travel; instead, you can pay $50 for a confirmed seat on an earlier flight."

I just read this in the article and this is completely false! We were recently (early July) flying through SLC to SAN and were supposed to be in SLC for a 2 hr layover. We noticed that a flight was leaving for SAN in 45 minutes and went to that gate to see if we can get on early. We sure did, with no fee, because we have elite status with Delta. Once you establish some kind of ff status with an airline, all these fees are waived. In fact, we got some standby people bumped from this flight even though they were there long before we arrived at the gate, since we had elite status and they did not. Even if I checked bags, which I don't, I wouldn't pay on Delta due to my status. They only give one side in this article and I didn't see people with status mentioned anywhere in the article.
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Old 08-05-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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We noticed that a flight was leaving for SAN in 45 minutes and went to that gate to see if we can get on early. We sure did, with no fee, because we have elite status with Delta. Once you establish some kind of ff status with an airline, all these fees are waived. In fact, we got some standby people bumped from this flight even though they were there long before we arrived at the gate, since we had elite status and they did not. Even if I checked bags, which I don't, I wouldn't pay on Delta due to my status.
Boy, I bet that made you feel good.

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They only give one side in this article and I didn't see people with status mentioned anywhere in the article.
Probably because those people are less than 1% of the population. Most travelers book the ticket that is the cheapest regardless of which airline it is on. Consistantly picking one airline would mean paying a higher price many times.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Having status does help. I dont pay of checking in luggage on American Airlines, i get the exit row etc.. But people with status deserve these things of course since they are loyal to the airline and give them busisness often.

However most people a good probably 80-85% are not people who have status or fly often enough to even have the chance. But fees are fees. And people have to deal with them. They want cheap tickets then there you go. You get what you pay for.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Boy, I bet that made you feel good.



Probably because those people are less than 1% of the population. Most travelers book the ticket that is the cheapest regardless of which airline it is on. Consistantly picking one airline would mean paying a higher price many times.
We have spent so much money flying with Delta over the years, that I truly don't feel bad. Think what you want, we earned the right to be treated differently by shelling out thousands of dollars for their airline over the years and they recognize that by offering some awesome incentives, this just being one of them.

While, as you mentioned, most people go with the cheapest, we are loyal customers to Delta and they recognize that. There is nothing wrong with that, this is why the program exists in the first place, no need for the eye roll! There were many instances where JB or AA were much cheaper, yet we would never step foot onto those airlines again.
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