I recently flew cross country, one way on Delta and returned Southwest. Paid the same price each way. On Delta I paid $15.00 for baggage and had an aisle seat (no charge). They provided me with a snack and 2-3 drinks inflight. Flew Southwest back, BWI-SAN, a long flight. Was offered one cup of beverage and a snack. Now I will have to pay $10.00 to board in an early group. On a short flight, my seat position wouldn't be that important, but for over 3hours, it is. I selected Southwest on the return because of no fees. The other carriers offered better times for me at the same price, so now I have no reason not to fly them over Southwest. I will pay $5.00 more for a legacy carrer because of my luggage, but will have a seat assignment at the time I make my reservation.
I understand that the airlines are losing money . Some of this is due to the economy, high fuel prices etc. but in my case, I am flying less simply because of the hassle of air travel now and all the fees that one has to pay. I plan trips where I can drive as much as possible.
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