If you're tired of feeling nickel and dimed by airlines charging fees for a host of activities, here's some bad news: They're getting better at it.
According to a new study by CarTrawler, airlines this year are expected to generate an all-time high of $49.9 billion in ancillary revenues worldwide. That would amount to a 17.2 percent increase in fees compared to those in 2013, according to the report.
"The airlines are becoming better retailers on their websites and mobile apps when it comes to selling services and upgrades," said Jay Sorensen, president of IdeaWorks, which conducted the annual study in conjunction with CarTrawler. "At the same time people are adjusting their expectations and becoming more accustomed to these fees, and they are paying them."
In just five years, the amount of money airlines have collected from fees and services has more than doubled. Sorensen said the average passenger taking a flight somewhere in the world this year will pay $15.02 in ancillary fees