It Could Now Cost You Over $400 To Check A Bag On Some Flights

It Could Now Cost You Over $400 To Check A Bag On Some Flights

Fees for checked bags vary wildly, from absolutely nothing to arm-and-a-leg-and-an-ear. And according to a new round-up of fees from the various carriers, you might need to throw another limb in there if you’re checking an oversize bag on your international flight. [More]

U.S. Airways CEO: We Don't Overcharge, We Pass On
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U.S. Airways CEO: We Don't Overcharge, We Pass On Costs

If any of you had some sort of pipe dream that there might be a day when airlines wouldn’t charge ancillary fees for services that used to be included in the ticket price, U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker has made it clear the charges aren’t going anywhere because they benefit everyone in the long run. [More]

10.5% Of Spirit's Revenue Comes From Baggage Fees

10.5% Of Spirit's Revenue Comes From Baggage Fees

Recently Delta caught attention because in 2010 it earned the most revenue from baggage fees, $952 million, of all the airlines. But when you compare it to their total revenue, they’re in the low-middle of the pack, with Spirit coming out on top. Let’s look at a chart! [More]

Senator: Travelers Should Be Reimbursed Fees For All Lost & Mishandled Bags

Senator: Travelers Should Be Reimbursed Fees For All Lost & Mishandled Bags

Even though a new rule is about to kick in that refunds airline baggage fees for any traveler whose luggage vanishes forever, New York Senator Chuck Schumer thinks it’s not enough and that airlines should be reimbursing fees even if you get your bags back a day or two later. [More]

Travel With Your Own Scale To Avoid Baggage Weight Overcharges

Travel With Your Own Scale To Avoid Baggage Weight Overcharges

The scales at airport check-ins take a beating. Bag after bag, rollies, Louis Vuitons, and duffles filled with too many clothes get put on and off, all day long. Usually the magic number is 50 lbs, and after that, you have to pay a fee. Rules are rules, but in order to fairly enforce them, the scales have to be accurate. Oftentimes, they’re not, the result of lax maintenance. [More]

Delta's $952 Million In Baggage Fees Is More Than United And Continental Combined

Delta's $952 Million In Baggage Fees Is More Than United And Continental Combined

The Department of Transportation released its final numbers for airline baggage fee revenue from 2010 and Delta has sent a very loud message to the rest of the industry: Y’all got a lot of catching up to do. [More]

Delta Changes Bag Policy For Armed Forces Members

Delta Changes Bag Policy For Armed Forces Members

Earlier this week, a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Afghanistan made headlines when they posted a YouTube video to voice their displeasure with Delta Airlines over the carrier’s checked baggage policy for active duty members of the armed forces. [More]

Delta Charging Returning U.S. Troops $2800 In Extra Baggage Fees Not Really A Big Deal

Delta Charging Returning U.S. Troops $2800 In Extra Baggage Fees Not Really A Big Deal

A video is burning up the interwebs where a couple of Army soldiers tell how Delta charged 14 guys in their unit $200 a pop for checking a fourth bag, running up $2800 in fees. The soldiers are upset because even though standard Delta policy is to allow the military up to three bags for free, their orders said they were allowed four bags. Now they have to submit receipts to get their fees waived. At first it sounds like a slap in the face but other soldiers have chimed to say it’s really not the drama it’s been made out to be and it happens all the time. [More]

Delta Discontinues Discount For Paying Bag Fees Online

Delta Discontinues Discount For Paying Bag Fees Online

Since Delta began charging fees for checked bags — $25 for the initial piece on domestic flights; $35 for a second — the airline has been offering $2-3 discounts to travelers who prepaid those fees online instead of at the airport. Not anymore. [More]

Airlines Now Actually Have To Return Bag Fees If They Lose Your Bag

Airlines Now Actually Have To Return Bag Fees If They Lose Your Bag

It’s sort of sad that the Department of Transportation actually had to force airlines to refund bag fees if they lose your baggage — but whatever, let’s not dwell. [More]

100 Students Removed From Ryanair Flight Over Baggage Fee
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100 Students Removed From Ryanair Flight Over Baggage Fee Fracas

The scene of student revolt on a Ryanair plane was like something out of Berkeley in the ’60s… Except it wasn’t about the Vietnam war, it was about baggage fees. So okay, it wasn’t exactly like Berkeley, but there were a bunch of pissed-off college students. [More]

What New Airline Fees Could Be On The Horizon?

What New Airline Fees Could Be On The Horizon?

Parents of young children: Have your wee ones been getting a free ride on domestic flights by sitting on your lap? Well that luxury is just one of several things the airline industry is considering slapping a fee on in the near future. [More]

Reader Sues Delta Over Bungled Baggage — And Wins!

Even though we’re paying oft-ridiculous fees for checked bags on airplanes, none of that ancillary revenue seems to be going toward improving the actual checking in or tracking of said bags. That’s why it’s refreshing to hear a story where a screwed-over passenger stands up to this general ineptitude and comes out victorious. [More]

Holiday Inn Will Pay Your Baggage Fees If You Stay With Them

Holiday Inn Will Pay Your Baggage Fees If You Stay With Them

In an attempt to alleviate the annoyance of checked baggage fees, all while drumming up some business, Holiday Inn — along with other IHG-brand hotels — will pay up to $50 of your fees if you book a weekend stay with your Visa card. [More]

Spirit CEO: Carry-On Fees Are A "Consumer Benefit"

Spirit CEO: Carry-On Fees Are A "Consumer Benefit"

In terms of public relations, 2010 hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Spirit Airlines. First, they ticked people off by announcing they would begin charging up to $45/bag for carry-on luggage, then they introduced “pre-reclined” seats. They were shut down for about a week because of a strike, and then there was the ill-advised “check out the oil on our beaches” promo. But the company’s CEO doesn’t understand why travelers aren’t lining up to thank him. [More]

Unrefunded $25 Checked Bag Fee Turns Into $5 Million Lawsuit For American Airlines

Unrefunded $25 Checked Bag Fee Turns Into $5 Million Lawsuit For American Airlines

American Airlines was the first of the major airlines to start tacking on fees for checked bags, and now its the first airline to face a class action lawsuit over the fees from a ticked-off passenger. And it all started over one piece of lost luggage. [More]

United Airlines Is The King Of Fees

United Airlines Is The King Of Fees

A newly released study shows that airlines around the globe are raking in cash from ancillary revenue like baggage fees. Worldwide, carriers collected $13.5 billion in fees last year, an increase of 43% over the previous year. And sitting high atop that pile was United Airlines. [More]

Your Complete Big-Ass Guide To Annoying Airline Fees

Your Complete Big-Ass Guide To Annoying Airline Fees

As reported earlier today, the Government Accountability Office thinks airlines could do a lot more to be transparent about the fees they charge. And buried about 45 pages deep in the GAO’s report are two very helpful tables detailing fees for checked bags and other items that U.S.-based airlines charge extra for. [More]