The $22.6 billion that airlines earned in 2010 from ancillary fees is only just the beginning, according to some travel industry experts. Airlines are expected to create new ways to charge customers and they are considering fees for:
– International airline checked bags
– Carry-on bags
– Airport counter assistance from a real person
– Locking in a lower fare for 72 hrs or a week
– Lap child/infant (currently free up to age 2)
Contributing to fee pressure is the rising price of fuel so airlines are looking for ways to pass that cost on to their passengers.