Here Are The 10 Airlines That Make The Most Money From Fees
All those hidden airline fees add up, and not only for customers. Carriers are raking in a lot of cash from hidden fees and extra charges.
These days, everything from selecting your own seat to bringing a slightly oversized backpack can mean getting slapped with an additional fee. As it turns out, those little charges translate to huge revenue for domestic and international airlines.
After analyzing the data of 73 airlines, travel technology company CarTrawler determined the 10 airlines that made the most off of extra fees in 2017. Check out the list below:
1. United Airlines — $5.75 billion
2. Delta — $5.4 billion
3. American Airlines — $5.3 billion
4. Southwest Airlines — $3.1 billion
5. Ryanair — $2.3 billion
6. Air France/KLM — $2.0 billion
7. Lufthansa Group — $1.95 billion
8. Alaska Air Group — $1.3 billion
9. Air Canada — $1.3 billion
10. easyJet — $1.28 billion
United Airlines leads the pack with a whopping $5.75 billion in extra revenue from fees. Delta and American Airlines also brought in billions of dollars in revenue.
Let this be a lesson to all travelers: be sure to check the fine print before you book and follow airline regulations to avoid being charged extra.