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Airline increases baggage fee to $100 for international routes

June 12, 2012

Airline baggage

Airline baggage

Starting June 1, 2012, United Airlines announced that it will raise the cost of a second checked bag on such flights from $70 to $100.

“This change reflects an increase in costs associated with carrying bags, such as fuel and handling,” the airline said in a statement, according to UPI. Last year, the charge had been increased from $50 to $70.

In 2011, United also did away with baggage fee discounts for those who paid for their luggage online.

United’s revenue is expected to increase by $30 million annually, thanks to the new charges. In May, it was revealed, however, that the airlines made less money in 2011 in bag fees than they did in 2010, signalling perhaps that fliers were packing lighter and learning to carry-on.

United isn’t the only airline to play the baggage fee game. Delta increased its checked bag fee from $75 to $100 earlier this year, notes The Consumerist.

Low-cost carrier Allegiant Air even instituted a carry-on bag fee back in April, with Spirit Airlines following suit a month later. Spirit has also introduced a fee to retrieve boarding passes.

[Source: Huffington Post]



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