Airport Charges, Checked Baggage, Change of Name ... What Do We Pay for When Flying?

For quite a long time, passengers of various airlines have been wondering what aspects of flying they are not yet made to pay for. We pay for the ticket - that is obvious, but the so-called airport charges and additional bonuses we can purchase today, in the past used to be included in the price.

So that you will not want to change the information...

Many airlines make it possible to change personal information on your ticket within 24 hours after the purchase. But not all of them do it and the time limit of one day is not very favourable either. That is why it is a good idea to be careful when it comes to those kinds of charges, since often a change of information after this date entails an added cost of even several hundreds of euros. Of course, they go into the airline's till.


Plane seat

While buying a ticket, many people have the impression that the seat is being assigned automatically. It is so for a reason. If you want to get a specific seat, you cannot wait for the check-in. You can make it happen faster by paying a special charge. If you do not do that, you have to wait for the computer to assign you a seat automatically.


Priority when boarding the plane

Another way of making money by airlines is the introduction of the so-called priority boarding. By paying for this sort of service, you have the right to get on the plane first. Thanks to that, you do not have to wait in line and worry about crowds while making yourself comfortable in your seat. Comfort? Only a relative one, since you still have to wait for the last passenger to board the plane.


Old-fashioned boarding pass

If you do not prepare your boarding pass beforehand, that is print it out at home, many airlines will have a little surprise for you ... The prices for printing out a boarding pass at the airport are exorbitant and often several times higher than the price of the ticket itself. Add to that the lines you have to wait in to be able to do it, and it becomes clear that it does not pay to be old-fashioned.


Are you travelling with a baggage?

The reason for baggage allowances is clear - an even distribution and not too big a weight of the pieces of baggage will allow the plane to reach a proper balance and have a stable and safe flight. But the huge amounts one has to pay for exceeding this limit by one kilogram are daunting. It should not be surprising to see people put on three jumpers then. For example, for every kilogram of excess luggage in a popular airline referred to as a "cheap carrier" we will pay as much as 50 złotys. For checked baggage we have to pay extra. In the end, if you do not want to pay too much for luggage, you should take an economical approach to you clothing.


Transaction fee

One of the charges that are least favourable for the passenger is the transaction fee, that is a fee charged for all kinds of additional services, such as: informing the passenger about every delay, responsibility for a proper issuing of a ticket, or the possibility of applying for compensation. If it is not included in the price of the ticket, we may have a big problem when the carrier encounters difficulties. But a price of a ticket with this fee already included is often several times higher.


Here comes the change

The beginning of the 21st century changed the aviation industry beyond recognition. It was in 2000 that airlines began to limit the services included in the price of a flight ticket. This is how free snacks disappeared, blankets, pillows, or headphones started to be available only after paying extra, and there appeared an additional charge for checked baggage. With time, airlines introduced more conveniences. Today, if we want someone to take care of our underage child who is alone on the plane, we have to pay several times more than the price of a standard ticket. After all, luxury has to have its price.


When travelling on a plane, let us remember that within the ticket price airlines give us the minimum of decency. If you do not want to pay extra, check if the transaction fee is included in the price of the ticket. A prudent booking of a ticket will make for a successful journey and you will know what you can and cannot do. Then, you will be free to enjoy travelling in the clouds.

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