The 2018 CarTrawler Ancillary Revenue Yearbook Shows

$47.2 Billion in Extra Revenue

Airline ancillary revenue continues to grow because it delivers consistent benefits for airlines and consumers.  Ten years ago, the top ten airlines, as rated by total ancillary revenue, generated $2.1 billion.  Today, the top ten airline total has jumped to $29.7 billion.


This year’s CarTrawler Yearbook of Ancillary Revenue by IdeaWorksCompany discloses:

  • Revenue made from activities such as frequent flyer points sold to partners. 
  • Fees for assigned seating.
  • As well as, commissions from hotel bookings.


It also reveals that the top performing airlines are largely low cost carriers, with a couple of global network airlines appearing. For example, the top producers (from various ancillary revenue sources) by global region are: 

  • WOW air $48.87 (Europe & Russia),
  • Spirit $50.97 (Americas),
  • AirAsia X $33.12 (Asia & South Pacific)

This report describes the very best of ancillary results on the global stage, whether measured as total revenue, a percent of revenue, or on a per passenger basis.


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