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You CAN buy an airline ticket at the airline counter, though. In fact, you’re better off if you do. Before I explain why, I think you’d better have a seat. Take a deep breath, gather a nice relaxing beverage, put on your fuzzy bedtime slippers and sit down; you’re not going to like this. The Federal Government’s Department of Transportation has relaxed its guidelines regarding the fees that airlines can “hide” from their advertised prices on websites, travel booking agents, etc. Spirit Airlines is the first to take advantage of this and they’ve decide to hit their passengers with a “passenger usage fee.” For $10 per ticket you can buy the privilege to buy your ticket at any location OTHER THAN Spirit’s ticket counter at the airport!
Spirit Airlines has done quite a few radical things to stay solvent like imposing “natural occurrence interruption fees” to all passengers to cover their cost of storm related delays, “international service recovery fees” to pay for foreign taxes imposed by foreign governments. They’ve even gone so far as to post billboards inside the flight cabins and to print ads on their flight attendants’ uniforms (Remember the “Bail Bonds” add on the back of the little league uniforms from the “Bad News Bears?” I always loved that).
If other airlines follow (and let’s be honest, why wouldn’t they?), you could soon be looking at paying anywhere from $20 to $50 MORE than an advertised price you see for a ticketed fare. Here’s a great example, suppose you see an advertisement that says, “
Sadly, I can’t fix this for you. I can’t even suggest to you anything other than, “Be aware of the total cost before you give out your credit card!” Oh, and if you’re flying to
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