Colossal Hipmonk Infographic!

by Scott on February 9, 2011

Over at Hipmonks blog they have an infographic made by Shawn Sanders that is nothing short of mind blowing!

All you can say is WOW!!!

It’s an infographic visualizing baggage fees.  It is no surprise to anyone that baggage fees have gone up over the last couple years but once you make it visual it’s staggering!

The airline with the highest fees?  Delta.  (Gasp! I’m shocked!)  Deltas fees are more then American and United COMBINED.  Delta made $733 Million  and the next closest airline was American at $432 Million. And this only covers the first 3 quarters of 2010.  They are on track to make a Billion dollars (that’s  with a B) on Baggage fees alone!

Now I’m all for a company making money, but having fees that are nearly twice what any of your competitors are charging a little exorbitant?

Who is the Lowest?  Southwest with $23 million, no great shock there.  You have to look for it in the graphic it’s easy to miss.

I’ll skip the whole Southwest-has-made-money-forever and the other-business-models-have-always-struggled discussion.

Via Hipmonk blog

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There’s a lot to love about the new travel site Hipmonk.com.  It leaves you thinking why didn’t I think of that.  Putting all of the flight results on a time line.  Brilliant.  It’s fast, slight forward, and ridiculously easy to figure out.  One of the best features in my opinion?  Sort by ‘agony’.  Awesome.

Why do I think it’s close to the perfect site and not the best search site ever?  The only thing it really is missing is an area search feature like Kayaks Buzz.  Say you want to go to Europe next spring and are not all that particular where you want to go, it would be cool if you could just type in Europe in the destination link and it would pull the same rankings.  It doesn’t even have to be that broad, a search that could include “this OR that” would be helpful.  CDG OR LHR for example.  If you could enter something like this why would you need to go anywhere else to do your searching/flight bookings?

Seriously, if you haven’t already gone to Hipmonk.com go and check it out!


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