Or maybe a big trip overseas? Better set aside some extra coin as travel pricing for 2014 is definitely on the rise—with some exceptions.
Those increases coming up. But first something that bugs me.
When your checked luggage exceeds 50 pounds the airlines hit you with hefty weight penalty fees.
Their reasoning? Extra weight burns extra fuel. Hence extra cost.
If you buy into that money grab then here’s one that (I’m surprised) the big carriers HAVEN’T implemented yet.
It would go like this.
The price of the ticket would entitle a passenger up to say 200 pounds in body weight a seat. Then for each additional 25 pounds, a surcharge of $25.00 would be assessed. And after reaching 275 pounds the fee would evolve to $50.00 per each additional 25 pound increment.
(Hey, my 198 pounds isn’t costing the airline as much fuel burn as that of the hefty Wal-Mart shopper yesterday in front of me.)
Scales at the check-in counter would keep passengers honest.
Brilliant idea, isn’t it?
Weight controlled boarding would mean millions of additional revenue for the airlines.
Just a thought. Wonder when it will go into actual practice?
Meanwhile about those predicted travel increases for next year.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s ‘2014 Travel Price Forecast’ suggests U.S. hotel rates will rise by nearly 5% with U.S. airfares and car rentals bumping up by 1.2% and 1.3% respectively.
Certain Latin American and Asia/Pacific countries are forecast to experience even higher increases when it comes to airfares, hotel rates and ground transportation.
Prices could actually decrease due to continued economic uncertainty. My suggestion for best pricing is to lock in major 2014 travel—especially Spring Break and European river cruises—by Thanksgiving or at the latest by Christmas.