American's great new idea: Nickel and diming to the tune of $15

I wasn't going to chime in on American's great new idea of further nickel and diming passengers with its new $15 fee for the first checked bag, but I can't resist. Personally, I'd rather they just add to the ticket cost than tack on a bunch of fees, even though it would mean people like me who seldom check a bag end up paying more than we would otherwise.

First it was hotels charging separate fees for everything from baggage handling to in-room safes (we won't go into resort fees--life is too short), then it was taxis (and everyone else) adding fuel surcharges, and now the airlines. Sheesh, they get you coming, going, and everywhere in between.

Who said travel wasn't still glamorous?

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