Got Luck? Gamble on Price of Your Airline Ticket


Meanwhile, we'll just have to wait and see if this Allegiant gambit becomes a reality, and if it does, whether it pays off for them (and, if other airlines join in, though I doubt that would happen). The similarities between today's fuel crisis and 2008 give me an eerie feeling.

In fact, it kind of reminds me of what in the past I always considered the nuclear option of $200 per barrel of oil, with passengers being asked to "pay by the pound" -- meaning ticket prices pegged to their weight. I'm sure you've heard this proposed before, and sadly, it just might be an idea whose time has come. After all, we already pay baggage fees, plus we pay through the nose for overweight bags (as much as $350 roundtrip on Delta), so why not pay a fee or fuel surcharge for our own excess adipose tissue? Unlike the post office and their priority mail flat rate ("if it fits, it ships"), most shippers do charge by weight.

Makes me wonder if Hollywood director Kevin Smith knows something we don't. He's the guy who was famously escorted off a Southwest flight about a year ago for the apparent sin of being "too fat to fly." The airline later apologized, but I noticed during a recent interview, Smith was talking about his 40 pound weight loss.

Would you take a gamble on your airline ticket? I'd love to hear.

In the meantime, some of you may remember this quote from the late Hunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

If only it was that simple these days...

This work is the opinion of the columnist and does not reflect the opinion of ABC News.

Rick Seaney is one of the country's leading experts on airfare, giving interviews and analysis to news organizations that include ABC News, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the Associated Press and Bloomberg. His website,, offers consumers free, new-generation software, combined with expert insider tips to find the best airline ticket deals.

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