Here’s What You Should Do About Airline Luggage Fee Increases | News World

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Since the beginning of the year, most of the major U.S. airlines have raised their baggage fees. It now costs an average of $35 to check your bag on a domestic flight.

In the travel industry, charging separately for luggage is called unbundling. And it turns out there are experts who specialize in unbundling and have a deep knowledge of what’s happening behind the scenes.

Sasha Gainullin, CEO of the travel insurance company battleface, is one of the world’s leading authorities on unbundling. I asked him for his thoughts on the latest airline baggage fee increases — and what passengers should do about it.

Here’s our interview.

What do you think of the way airlines have unbundled their product, and specifically luggage fees?

I think unbundling is necessary for any customer-driven industry. But as an airline customer, making things more expensive without transparency is something I generally disagree with. While unbundling allows airlines to become more profitable, they should also be more transparent with customers.

How would you make it more transparent?

In general, airfares are being promoted across multiple comparison sites, and travelers aren’t loyal to one specific airline. They will more than likely choose a ticket based on the actual flight cost without factoring in the additional costs that will be presented to them in an online purchase experience.

Unbundling ancillary additions like bags, seats and meals potentially lowers the base price for an airline ticket, so there’s an opportunity to present negatively viewed fees into…

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