Tomahawk, WI 08/25/2014 (Basicsmedia) – American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL) is set to make it extremely expensive for minors between the ages of 5 and 14 to travel on their own, after stating plans to charge up to $150 each way starting September 3 according to Fox Business’ Gerri Willis.
The airlines’ has said that an increase in charge is part of an effort to match the policy of U.S. Airways while also ensuring the safest possible travel for the youths. Travel agent, Lee Abbamonte, in an interview on Fox Business, maintained that the increase in charge was part of American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL) to consolidate its services with those of U.S. Airways at the back of their merger.
“They are basically using this as an opportunity to say that US Airways was charging $150 each way before the merger so they are going to do it and continue on,” said Mr. Abbamonte.
The increase in fees in this case raises lots of questions, in terms of competitiveness of the airline taking into consideration that other airlines are cheap in terms of what they charge minors. Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) and Jet Blue airlines currently charge $100 for kids between the ages of 5 and 14, with South West Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) charging the same amount for children between the ages of 5 and 11.
The increase in charges raises questions as to the kind of services that one gets on a flight considering that the costs even go higher depending on the seat that one selects.
“Airlines are charging you between $50 and $100 generally to choose your seat. I mean which is kind of ridiculous especially depending on where on coach you might be seating or in business off course, but if you are seating at emergency or if you want an eye versus the window, you have to pay more,” said Mr. Abbamonte.
The motive of some of the trends in some of the airlines has been questionable especially after American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL) stated it was halting free meals in flights shorter than two hours and forty-five minutes. United Airlines, on the other hand, has upgraded meals in flights that take less than two hours, having lost a number of clients with its merger with continental.