How Do Airlines Compare On Fees?

It’s hard to keep track of all the extra fees airlines have invented to pad a ticket purchase, especially since they keep introducing new ones; USA TODAY says revenue from added fees have jumped nearly 16% from a year ago. The newspaper reviewed fees from 13 airlines in the U.S. and compiled this handy reference chart of current fee schedules, to make comparison shopping a little bit easier. As expected, Southwest continues to be one of the best values.

“A breakdown of airline fees” [USA TODAY]


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  1. humphrmi says:

    I don’t think their American fees are accurate. I flew international (coach) this summer – $0 for the first bag. Free headsets and free pillows/blankets.

    • kiltman says:

      International is rated different. Although I used to get two free suitcases to Mexico City but now it is only one.

      • humphrmi says:

        I was talking about the “international” 1st bag section of the document. It says 1st bag, $25. I don’t think they charge that.

  2. DrStarkweather says:

    How complicated all these fees are is ridiculous. We need some kind of transparency legislation or simplification.

  3. sonneillon says:

    Where is my Jetblue fee for the flight attendant saying fuck you and hopping out the emergency exit?

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      I’d pay to see that, actually…as long as we were on the ground, and it was the last leg of my flight. :D

  4. kimmie says:

    Where are the baggage fees???