by By Hunter R. Slaton | September 16, 2009

According to a report issued last week by consulting firm IdeaWorks, global airlines took in $10.25 billion in "ancillary revenue" in 2008, generated from à la carte pricing of meals, exit-row seating, baggage fees and other previously complimentary services. Ancillary revenue for 2008, a year in which airlines began to un-bundle these services in response to surging jet fuel prices, was 345 percent more than it was in 2006, the last year that IdeaWorks released its study. The five airlines that took in the most ancillary revenue in 2008 were American, United, Delta, Ryanair and Qantas.