What allows southwest airlines to provide no fees/surcharges while all other airlines nickel and dime you?

they don't have a checked bag fee or change of reservtion fee while delta now charges for first checked bag and all additional checked bag. What allows them to do that?

Asked By: novawaly - 12/13/2008
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Because they do a much better job at controlling costs than other airlines. They are the masters of fuel cost hedging. They only fly one type of plane, Boeing 737s, which reduces their maintenance overhead. They have an extremely efficient ticketing system, and they only have a single passenger class.
Answered By: peacefuldisaster - 12/16/2008
Additional Answers (4)
That is their policy................they are great about those things. I'm sure they will continue this policy now fuel prices are so much better.
Answered By: gary o - 12/13/2008
As you know, the price of oil skyrocketed over the past year before dropping recently. Airlines added fees in order to raise revenue without raising fares. Most passengers are price driven and will happily change airlines to save $10, so no one wants to raise fares unless all of their competitors do. In essence, the... More
Answered By: The Shadow - 12/13/2008
Southwest Airlines, along with almost every major airline in north america and many around the world, does something called fuel hedging. It's basically when the airline predicts average future kerosene prices, and if their predictions end up being more accurate than other airlines' hedging, then they get major... More
Answered By: crvenazvezdaman - 12/13/2008
Others answers are partially right... More
Answered By: Tiger Snacks - 12/15/2008
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