Airline fees 101 (Part One: Your baggage)

The airlines seem to be in acceleration mode when it comes to adding in fees and increasing traditional ones in the late.  There are so many to sort through that I’m blogging about them one at a time.  I have compiled a list of major airlines and what they are currently charging as of February 2010.  As most travelers have come to know, these fees can go up at a moments notice so they are subject to change.  And go up they will.  Another thing, these fees are for each way so the double on a round trip ticket.  One more good reason to pack light.

American:

1st bag (50 lbs. + 62″):  $25 domestic (U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands)$15 (to/from Canada) international: free

2nd bag:  (50 lbs. + 62″):  $35 domestic (U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands)$25 (to/from Canada) international: $50

Continental Airlines:

1st bag (50 lbs. + 62″):  $23 (online check-in) $25 airport check-in domestic (U.S., Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) international: free

2nd bag:  (50 lbs. + 62″):  $32 (online check-in) $35 (airport check-in) domestic (U.S., Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) international: $27 (online)  $30 (airport)  except Europe is $45 (online)  $50 (airport)

Delta:

1st bag (50 lbs. + 62″):  $23 (online check-in) $25 airport check-in domestic (U.S., Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) international: free

2nd bag:  (50 lbs. + 62″):  $32 (online check-in) $35 (airport check-in) domestic (U.S., Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) international: $50 (online)  $55 (airport)

Trips to the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia allow 2 checked bags for free

Jet Blue Airways:

1st bag (50 lbs. + 62″):  free (U.S., Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) international: free

2nd bag:  (50 lbs. + 62″):  $30 domestic (U.S., Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) international: free

Southwest:

1st bag (50 lbs. + 62″):  free domestic and no international flights as of now

2nd bag:  (50 lbs. + 62″):  free domestic and no international flights as of now

United:

1st bag (50 lbs. + 62″):  $25 (U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) international: free

2nd bag:  (50 lbs. + 62″):  $35 domestic (U.S., Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) International U.S. to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean: $27 (online check-in) $30 (airport check-in)  International U.S. to Europe, Russia and India: $45 (online check-in) $50 (airport check-in) International (everywhere else) allowed 2 checked bags for free

Virgin Atlantic/America

1st bag (70 lbs. + 62″):  $25 (continental U.S only)  international: free

2nd bag:  (50 lbs. + 62″):  $25 domestic (continental U.S. only) international: free


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s