The most dramatic of those changes have, of course, come in the airline industry where your base ticket price basically gets you from point A to point B.
Anything beyond that costs extra.
Pillows, blankets, checked luggage, preferred seat assignments, food, drinks, extra legroom—the list goes on and on—can all add significantly to your end price.
And Las Vegas strip hotels have now joined the trend, where all the MGM Entertainment owned and operated properties are now adding a daily resort fee to your stay. That averages an additional $25 per night.
Even upscale restaurants are reaping gold these days by a la carting their entrees.
The menu reads, U.S. Choice Cut T-Bone: $ 25. Want a baked potato with that? That’s extra. Veggies? Sure—for another add-on fee.
The one industry you’d wish would offer its services a la carte is Cable TV.
But of course they don’t.
Why do I need Disney Channel, HGTV, Lifetime, Oxygen, Logo, Hallmark, CMT, RFD-TV or Univision? The answer is I don’t, but I’m sure paying for them all. (Come to think of it, they do have some hotties on Univision.)
So are you ready for the latest add-ons entrant?
Travel Weekly reports that “Carnival Cruise Lines is testing a program that enables passengers to pay for perks such as priority embarkation, early cabin availability and express baggage delivery.
It’s called Faster To Fun and being tested on Carnival’s Imagination and Liberty ships later this month.
“For $49.95 per cabin, all occupants of that cabin will receive the Faster To Fun benefits and tender availability, choice of early or late debarkation and express access to the ship’s guest-services desk for assistance during the cruise,” according to a trade paper.
Will they ever stop nickel-and-diming us?
Not as long as we continue to buy it.