Delta, American join list of airlines raising their baggage fees

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With healthy competition heating up the airfare wars, carriers are looking for ways to increase revenue even as ticket prices drop. That’s why many airlines are raising prices on baggage fees, even as they tack on charges for services like seating arrangements and in-flight meals.

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines are the latest to raise its baggage fees, joining a handful of other airlines.

Delta, American, JetBlue & more: Airlines raise baggage fees

The move is the latest proof that a price hike among just a few airlines can quickly catch on industry-wide — and you’d better keep an eye on those carry-on fees as well.

Baggage fee increases: American Airlines

On its website, American Airlines says that checked bag fees have gone up for tickets issued on / after September 21, 2018. The fee for your first checked bag has been raised from $25 to $30 each way and from $35 to $40 for the second checked bag. The baggage fees are for flights to and from destinations within the U.S., North America and the Caribbean.

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American also said that customers flying Basic Economy are now allowed 1 free carry-on (in addition to a personal item) to all destinations.

Baggage fee increases: Delta Air Lines

Delta said this week that it has increased its fee for checked bags, going up to $30 for the first bag and $40 for the second. The price matches some of the other carriers.

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Baggage fee increases: JetBlue Airways

JetBlue has gone up on its baggage prices, effective Monday, August 27 2018: For Blue fares, your first checked bag will cost you $30 (it was $25) if you booked after that date. The change also means your second bag will be $40. For Blue Plus, your first checked bag is included and the second bag is $40. For Blue Flex fares, two checked bags are included.

For Mint fares, two checked bags up to 70 pounds each are included. For all fares, any additional bag will cost $150 (a $50 increase).

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Baggage fee increases: Air Canada

When it comes to carry-on bags, Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express flights allow you one standard bag and a personal item.

For checked bags, Air Canada raised prices by $5 in late August 2018 to $30 (CAD/USD) for the first checked bag and $50 for the second. You may qualify for a complimentary baggage allowance based on how much you pay for your airfare, your destination and frequent flyer status. Here are the baggage price details based on fares:

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Baggage fee increases: WestJet Airlines

The Canadian low-cost airline says on its website that it has revised the prices on its baggage fees, which will go into effect on October 1, 2018. Fees will stay the same for travelers who booked flights within Canada before August 24, 2018, and outside the country before August 28, 2018. Otherwise, the new baggage fees — first bag $25 (CAD/USD) and second bag $35— will take effect on October 1, 2018.

Fliers who bought fares before those dates but are traveling after October 1, 2018 are being told to “see an airport agent for the grandfathered fee.”

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When it comes to airlines, you may be wondering what else you’re paying for. Here’s much legroom you get when you fly the major airlines.

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Craig Johnson is a conscious money-saver who still reads paperback books and listens to vinyl. He likes to write about how technology is making things easier and more affordable — but also sometimes more dangerous — for the modern consumer. You can reach Craig at [email protected]
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