$3.8 Billion Dollars!
That’s approximately how much US Airlines Made on Baggage Fees in 2015
Wal-Travel.com – Approximately $3.8 Billion dollars in just baggage fees is what the US airlines made in 2015. This does not include the $3 Billion extra that the airlines collected in reservation cancellation fees alone.
Note: American and US Airways began combined reporting with 3Q 2015 data.
For 1990-2015 data, see Schedule P1.2, 39062 – Property – Passenger Baggage Fees, http://www.transtats.bts.gov/Fields.asp?Table_ID=295
On most airlines, your first checked baggage can range from $20 – $100 on domestic flights depending on the airline. But the fees don’t stop there! If you check in a checked bag that is over the allowable weight limit, you’ll get hit with overweight fees that can quickly add up into the hundreds. Some airlines allow you to check your first and second bag for free while others charge you extra for carrying a carry-on. Don’t get caught off guard when checking your bags at the airport. Prior to your trip, make sure you read the airline baggage fees and policy page carefully and if you have any questions, contact the airlines directly for clarification. It’s also a good idea to carry with you a compact Luggage Scale so you can easily and quickly weigh each luggage before you hit the airport. That way, you know exactly what your total luggage weight is and don’t end up paying the added fees at the checked bag counter. Even the added weight from packing souvenirs for your return flight can easily put your luggage weight over the allowable limit and costing you more money.
Below is a list of Major US Airlines Baggage Fees and Policies:
– Alaska Airlines Baggage Fees
– American Airlines Baggage Fees
– Delta Airlines Baggage Fees
– Hawaiian Airlines Baggage Fees
– JetBlue Airlines Baggage Fees
– Spirit Airlines Baggage Fees
– Southwest Airlines Baggage Fees
– United Airlines Baggage Fees
– Virgin America Baggage Fees