It's tough to figure out your true cost of flying because the airlines are increasingly "unbundling" their offerings. In addition to your base fare, there are lots of ancillary fees for things like ticket changes or cancellations, checked and carry-on baggage, seat assignment, in-flight food or beverages, and entertainment. According to recent studies, airline ancillary revenues reached a record-setting $67.4 billion worldwide last year so these fees are likely here to stay.
And, things are about to get more confusing. The three major domestic airlines are rolling out basic economy tickets which are great deal for no-frills fliers because they offer a super cheap base fare. However, these fares have also been called things like "misery class" and an "insult human dignity" because you can't change or cancel your flight, choose your seat, you'll board last and you can't use the overhead bins.
How much can these fees impact that price of your flight? We looked at more than 4,000 trips currently being watched by Hopper users originating in the US. For each trip, we checked an average of 180 available itineraries, about 800,000 in total, to analyze the median change, cancellation and baggage fees. Check out our findings in our new study.
Hopper was founded on a belief the travel industry should be more transparent which is why today Hopper is introducing the Fair Bear!
Now when you're booking a flight on Hopper, you'll see the Fair Bear in the Trip Summary. Fair Bear will give you an overview of all the important stuff in the fine print. He'll even warn you and make suggestions if you select a basic fare with lots of restrictions. Fair Bear will you know about the policies and fees related to:
First Checked Bag Price
Second Checked Bag Price
The Fair Bear is available today and Android and is being rolled out to iOS devices this week.
Hopper is an award-winning airfare prediction app available for iOS and Android devices. The app analyzes billions of flight prices a day to provide advice on when to fly and buy. Hopper predicts price changes for your trip, notifies you when to book, and offers the fastest way to book a flight. Hopper has received accolades such as Apple's App Store Best of 2015, the Google Play Award for Standout Startup of 2016, and the Webby Award for Best Travel app. Visit www.hopper.com for more information and to download the free app.