Air travel wasn't always like taking a bus. It was a luxury, and the cost reflected that — according to a study by Compass Lexecon, a flight from Los Angeles to Boston in 1941 was around $4,539 a person in today’s money, and would have taken 15 hours and 15 minutes with a dozen stops. By 2015, the average nonstop flight cost $481 and took six hours. We get it, though: Even though you're paying less, it feels like you're getting (a lot) less. Southwest recently announced that it's pushing back against that narrative by spending $2 billion on perks including bigger overhead bins, faster internet, outlets in every seat, better in-flight entertainment, and more booze options. Still, it will be a far cry from the plush air-travel perks of yesteryear. Here are some of the perks you now pay for — or just don't get at all.
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