Apr 05

April 5, 2012

CBS News
10 weird but wonderful frequent flyer rewards
Everybody knows that frequent flyer programs can land you better seats, free trips, and the ability to board the plane before the unwashed masses. But did you know that Air Baltic frequent flyer miles will pay for a dog-sled ride in Latvia? Or that Hawaiian Air will help you tee off at the championship Coral Creek golf course in Ewa Beach, Hawaii?

Feb 27

February 27, 2012

The New York Times
New Airline Revenue Goes Beyond Baggage Fees
Those fees for checked bags or in-flight meals? They are just the start. Now that airlines have realized how much money they can make by selling more than just a seat on their planes, they are coming up with all sorts of income-producing ideas — including selling flight interruption insurance and producing merchandise with their logos.

Oct 19

October 19, 2011

Travel Agent Central
Airline Ancillary Revenue Soars to $32.5 Billion
As every travel agent knows ancillary revenue has become a crucial component in the global airline industry’s profit toolbox, making Amadeus’ new estimates of ancillary revenue especially pertinent. Amadeus’ new analysis notes that the $32.5 billion contributed by ancillary revenue has lifted the airline industry from a loss-making position and continues to provide a very effective hedge against runaway costs, including fuel bills. The Amadeus Worldwide Estimate of Ancillary Revenue for 2011 is the second year Amadeus and partner IdeaWorks have undertaken the task of calculating global ancillary revenues.

Jun 11

June 11, 2011

New York Times
Those Ancillary Fees Aren’t So Ancillary Now
. . . airline consultant IdeaWorks, found that global airline ancillary revenues totaled $21.5 billion last year, double what they were in 2008. The report said that as airlines devise new fees, “ancillary revenue has become an enduring part of airline income statements.”