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American Airlines Now Charging Fees To Non-Passengers

Posted by ecoshift on December 2, 2008

The auto industry and (GM in particular) may be floundering and begging Washington for bailouts — but not so for the plucky American Airlines. Unlike investment banks and auto manufacturers this is a company that knows what innovation really means.

Advocates for the American Airlines recovery plan point out that while the auto industry mostly invested in overseas manufacturing and financial markets drove housing prices out of reach of most American workers American Airlines provides real value to non-passengers. Just the faint hope that someday, maybe, non-passengers might possibly be able to fly to an exotic location for a long overdue vacation or an early retirement makes all the nickel and diming expenses of the airline’s recovery plan a worthwhile investment in their own well-being.

Analysts say it’s too early to assess whether the American Airlines response to tight credit markets and a withering economy will actually cost the average American non-passenger less than recent financial market bailouts. But, privately many predict significant savings for non-passengers when compared to the per capita cost of a government bailout.

American Airlines Now Charging Fees To Non-Passengers | The Onion
December 1, 2008 | Issue 44•49

FORT WORTH, TX—Cash-strapped American Airlines announced a new series of fees this week that will apply to all customers not currently flying, scheduled to fly, or even thinking about flying aboard the commercial carrier….

The fees, the latest introduced by American Airlines in a continuing effort to combat its financial woes, will take effect on Monday. According to company officials, these charges will include a $25 tax on citizens traveling with any other airline, as well as a mandatory $30 surcharge for passengers who decide to just stay home for the holidays instead….

Arpey said that non-passengers of American Airlines should expect to pay a small fee when making Greyhound bus reservations, choosing to drive to their final destination, or simply being a citizen of the United States with a valid Social Security number.

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