Airlines earn $4.3 billion on fees in 2010

This staggering statistic made headlines this week.  I feel like Dr. Evil saying that, $4.3 billion dollars.  Man, that is a bucketload of cash!  And that’s just on baggage and changes to tickets.  It doesn’t include revenue from on-board wireless, food service or upgrades.  So it makes me wonder, how much did the airlines make on your actual tickets?  Are tickets just a “gateway drug” at this point to get the customers in and have them spend, spend, spend on add-ons?  It sure seems that way to me.

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