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And I thought US based airlines had excessive booking fees - look at this one

And I thought US based airlines had excessive booking fees - look at this one

Old Jan 10th, 2005, 06:28 AM
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And I thought US based airlines had excessive booking fees - look at this one

This is from the KLM site:

Reservation Fees

A reservation fee is charged for booking a KLM ticket, the amount of which depends upon the reservation method. The cheapest option is to make a reservation via www.klm.nl, where the fee is just € 10 per ticket. Booking your flight by phone via KLM Reservations costs € 25 per ticket for European destinations and € 35 per ticket for intercontinental destinations. Meanwhile, tickets booked at any KLM Ticket Office are subject to a € 45 fee. In short, it pays to use www.klm.nl to book your flight!

Surcharge on Paper Tickets

Travelling with an e-ticket has now become the standard at KLM, offering you a wide range of benefits. E-tickets cannot be lost, forgotten or stolen, and you can check-in online via www.klm.nl. It is still possible to travel on a paper ticket at a surcharge of € 30 per ticket, irrespective of whether you purchase your ticket directly from KLM or via a travel agent.

CRS Surcharge

All travel reservations are stored in a Central Reservations System (CRS), and there are charges involved in using this system. For the lower KLM fares, a CRS surcharge of $ 3 (€ 2.50) per single trip is charged, regardless of how you reserve your ticket.

Fuel Surcharge

With the price of aircraft fuel being both high and volatile, KLM has been forced to add a fuel surcharge to each trip: € 13 per flight on European and North Atlantic destinations,
€ 20 per flight on intercontinental destinations. A return flight from Amsterdam to Rome, for instance, currently costs € 26 more. If your trip includes a stopover, the supplement will be levied for each destination.

The future of the fuel surcharge will depend on developments in the international oil market. It will be reviewed and adjusted when the price of a barrel of crude oil on the world market drops below $ 40 for a continuous period of 30 days.

Safety Surcharge

The above fuel surcharge includes an amount of € 3 per flight for various insurance and security measures. This supplement is detailed separately on your ticket. Insurance premiums have risen considerably due to the threat of terrorism, while structural security measures have been and are still being implemented in various ways both onboard and at airports.

Airport Tax at destination airports

All airports charge airport taxes on airline tickets. The exact amount depends on the destination, and is detailed separately in the total price of the ticket.

This is not a joke.

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Old Jan 10th, 2005, 06:34 AM
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I'm certain other carriers watch this sort of thing quite closely to see how successful it is (as they did when some airlines started charging for meals inb Coach)...if it "flies" you can pretty much count on it being copied.
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I posted this on another thread but this seemed an appropriate place to repost it.

Message: On page 38 of the January 10th New Yorker is an excellent one page article about one airline emerging from bankruptcy. They have adopted some policies of which, I'm sure, you will all approve. I quote some of the features:
Lavatory Class. a low-cost alternative featuring aisle-free seating and almost unrestricted rest-room privileges.

Accordinly new profit requirements dictate that children under five be carried in the overhead compartments on all flights. Remember: deposit ten dollars in nickels and set the time lock before bolting the compartment door shut.
There are a number of others just as innovative.

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So, does that JS stand for Jonathon Swift?
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SWISS started something similar (special service fees) for residents of Europe. Extra cost between 25 and 80 ChF, depending on method ticket reserved & destination.
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