But the damage can be repaired, according to travel columnist Christopher Elliott. Here's how: 1. Eliminate ridiculous fees There seems to be no escape from the fees and surcharges. Though some are technically avoidable, most are not. Travel companies used to apologize for them, but recently, as the profits began to pour in, they've gone silent. "Stop with the nickel-and-dime fees already," says Louis Altman, a frequent traveler who runs a telecommunication company in Portsmouth, N.H. "Why do I need to pay to pick a seat? Why do I need to pay to bring my stuff with me? I know fees are a massive profit center, but ugh — stop it!" How to fix it: Travel companies could start including these "unbundled" amenities if they wanted to. They just don't want to. Get the full story at USA Today