The other day while driving home from work, I was struck by how far the price of gas has fallen. Around here, it’s down into the mid-$2 range, well below the $4+ prices that we were dealing with just a month ago.
This sudden drop in fuel prices got me to wondering about what will happen to all of those pesky additional fees popped up when fuel prices skyrocketed. You know, things like additional delivery fees, fuel surcharges, excess baggage fees for air travel, etc. These things were all introduced in the name of high fuel prices, but I haven’t seen anyone rushing to do away with them as fuel prices have slipped.
Call me a cynic, but I suspect fees of this sort are a one-way street. They get added when times are tough, and they never go away. Of course, it’s possible that fuel prices just haven’t fallen far enough for long enough… I hope I’m wrong.
What do you think? Are these nickel and dime surcharges here to stay? Or will they disappear if/when fuel prices drop further?