This year, the holiday travel season could come with a big lump of coal for your stocking. By the end of 2012, it is looking like the airlines will be collecting $36 billion in ancillary revenue, which means new fees and challenges for travel over Christmas. Case in point, Spirit Airlines has raised the fee for gate-checked bags to $100.
That’s not all. So-called premium seats are also earning revenue for the airline. The definition of a preferred seat is vague at best. In fact, middle seats can be preferred seats as long as they are in the front of the plane.
Watch Peter’s CBS This Morning report for his solution to overweight baggage, the simplest fees to avoid, and new gift-packing regulations.
For more holiday tricks and tips, check out:
- Peter’s 4 Insider Secrets to Holiday Travel Savings
- Alyssa Caverley’s Holiday Travel How-To Series: How to Upgrade an Economy Seat
- Peter’s recent CBS New Report: Will Airline Labor Disputes Upset Holiday Travel?
- Travel tip: How to Sit Together on a Flight