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Not What They Seem To Be
October 24th, 2008 by Mike

Does anyone think that fake pricing is not only annoying, but also immoral?

Now, airlines regularly sell seats at a price, but tack on other fees not mentioned therein. For example, we recently bought airline tickets to fly from Orlando to Miami for $89 (including taxes, tags, license, and union dues). We were encouraged to pre-purchase baggage tickets1 to save money and ensure our bags would be on the same flight as we will be. I did that today on the Internet. The cost? $55.00. That’s over 61% of the ticket price.

Travel agents are famous for this, quoting one price for a vacation or a cruise then in tiny print reveal that the price does not include government taxes and other fees. Is this materially different from the bait and switch tactics of retailers who advertise an item at a bargain price but have only more expensive items in stock?

What other examples of this kind of fake pricing have you encountered?

© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. to check the bags []

6 Responses  
  • bonnie writes:
    October 24th, 200818:49at

    good grief you mean they don’t even have baggage tags at check in now… free?

  • Mike writes:
    October 25th, 200806:50at

    Oh, you can get the little paper tags for free, you just have to pay them to take your bags. Plus, there’s another $3 per bag charge if you check them at the curb.

  • Little brother writes:
    October 25th, 200811:20at

    HA! I’d never heard of this. It suggests an alternative packing strategy:
    * Get $50 in cash.
    * Before you leave, find the addresses of thrift stores.
    * Pack no clothes.
    * Buy a new wardrobe when you get there.

  • georgette writes:
    October 25th, 200821:51at

    I agree with little bro 😀

  • Karen writes:
    October 27th, 200811:07at

    Your just on the wrong airline! I flew a few weeks ago and I flew on Delta and my first bag was free!

  • georgette writes:
    October 27th, 200817:51at

    Southwest Airlines first TWO bags are free.


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