Now that the “herd immunity” is finally starting to kick in and summer vacation is here, travel plans are now being made. With that, you can definitely more and more Americans to be reminded of the headache of the travel fees that are associated with various airlines. They might have long decried them in the past, but they are now back with a vengeance since Americans are no longer being forced to stay at home due to the pandemic.
Many of these airlines are quietly sneaking some of these new fees back into their ticket charges, and many consumers are not too thrilled about it. One particular airline’s new hidden fee is now being exposed by Miles to Memories.
This airline imposed a new “COVID Recovery Charge” last May, and company spokesman Zach Kramer told USA Today that they, like many other major airlines, had taken in a tremendous amount in taxpayer dollars in the form of COVID relief.
The airline quietly added $1.59 to all of their bookings on every segment of every flight each way for all of their passengers, according to ABC News.
According to Frontier Airlines’ website, the charge is covering expenses that the company has incurred implementing their COVID-19 prevention measures.
According to the website:
COVID Recovery Charge: The COVID Recovery Charge offsets added costs to the Frontier airline due to them implementing COVID-19 measures, including increased sanitation and cleaning efforts on board the airline. This also included shields at the ticket counters and gate areas and personal protective gear for the employees. USA Today noted that this fee was not that easy to spot when booking a flight on the airline’s website.
“This CRC is already added to the total promoted fare at FlyFrontier.com, so it’s not like it’s an unexpected charge or a total surprise for those who are involved in our booking process,” a Frontier Airlines spokesperson told ABC News.
Is this going to be a new trend? Hopefully not, and there is at least one travel analyst who doesn’t think so.
“Budget airlines have had a history of being the most adventurous in testing out new fee,” Scott Keyes, the founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, said to ABC News. “Frontier’s COVID Recovery surcharge is a truthful way of doing business. No, this surcharge is unlikely to be replicated by other airlines, but the big question is whether Frontier Airlines will pile on the fees and push some of their loyal customers to book elsewhere.”
I guess time will tell. Feel free to share your thoughts.