Interactive Fees Calculator Can Reveal Your True Cost of Flying

Pick your extras – checked bag, seat selection, etc – and see the real cost of your flight by airline.

Dakota Smith - Jan. 27, 2015

Summary

  • To see what each airline costs in a specific market and for your specific set of chosen amenities, check out Hopper’s interactive fees calculator
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has recently proposed rules requiring that standard service fees be disclosed at ticketing time, but this is not currently the case.
  • Because many airline fees, for amenities such as luggage, snacks, and WiFi, are not included in the ticket price adding them in can significantly increase the true cost of flying
  • Hopper took a look at how different airlines stack up once amenity fees are added in
  • For the "no frills" domestic traveler, Spirit Airlines tends to be the cheapest airline
  • For weekend travelers, family travelers, and business travelers flying in the US, American Airlines consistently provides the best deal

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