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July 22 2012

The 5 Price Traps Airlines Set For Flyers

Alicia Leonard

July 23, 2012

A proposed settlement last week between banks and retailers has opened the door for credit-card surcharges. Guess which industry can't wait to ding you a few bucks for the privilege of using your Visa or MasterCard when you make a purchase?

That's a trick question, of course. This is, after all, a column about business travel, and you probably already know that U.S. airlines have been salivating at the prospect of slapping you with another fee for the right to do business with them. After all, they already charge you more if you purchase a ticket over the phone or at an airport ticket counter. Most charge for checked baggage, for seat assignments, for meals, for early boarding, and for changing your reservations. Some even charge for carry-on bags and in-flight beverages. And credit-card surcharges are already commonly imposed by airlines based in Europe and Australia. More

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