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September 30, 2013

Airlines promise a return to civility, for a fee

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"I don't want you to have to do the math every time," says Rick E. Chat, managing director of digital marketing at American Airlines.

American offers a package for $68 roundtrip that includes no change fees, one checked bag and early boarding. Delta is experimenting with a $199 subscription that includes a checked bag, early boarding, access to exit row seats and extra frequent flier miles on all flights a passenger takes between now and Jan. 5.

Airlines say the fees bring a sense of fairness to the system. Why should a passenger with a small carry-on subsidize a family of four, checking suitcases?

Jamie Baker, an airline analyst with JP Morgan Chase, likens it to a meal at a restaurant.

"The sides are not included in the price of a steak," he says. "Airline ticket prices should reflect the costs incurred by the individual passenger."

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Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott.

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