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The NOT So Friendly Skies

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Believe it or not, I can remember a time in life when flying was actually fun. I used to look forward to a flight from wherever I was to wherever I was going with great anticipation. But now, I just dread it. It's not just the sometimes painstaking trip to the airport on LA's clogged freeways and streets or even the long security lines and screening process.

In fact, the misery often starts well before that with trying to figure out the most economical way to get from here to there comfortably. Unless you're wealthy enough or have enough frequent flyer miles (neither of which applies to me) first class or even business class are not options. Perhaps the most annoying part of trying to find a reasonable air fare is all the fees you end up having to pay, even with many of the so called discount airlines.

So in an effort to be informative, here's a list of the airlines that make the biggest percentage of their income from charging fees to consumers according to IdeaWorksCompany:

  1. Spirit(38.5%)
  2. Allegiant (29.9%)
  3. Jet2.com (26.5%)
  4. Ryanair (21.8%)
  5. Tiger Airways (20.8%)

While the airlines that make the biggest percentage of their revenues from fees are discount airlines, major carriers also collect boatloads of cash from fees. Here are the U-S carriers that collect the most:

  1. United ($5.4 billion)
  2. Delta ($2.6 billion)
  3. American ($2 billion)
  4. Southwest($1.7 billion)
  5. US Airways ($1.1 billion)

Happy flying!

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