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Current Costs To Check Baggage On Different Airlines.

As if you needed yet another reason to avoid flying, right? I haven’t flown in almost 3 years now, choosing instead to take Amtrak or even drive rather than step foot inside an airport. Every airline, except Southwest, now charges at least $15 to check a single bag aboard your flight – which is ridiculous, if you ask me. All it leads to is people trying to cram everything in oversized carry-on bags, leaving no room for everyone else on board to even bring a backpack. And since the story of increasing costs/headaches with air travel is on the news every day, I went and looked up the costs to check bags on every major U.S. airline…and this is what I found.

Alaska Air – $15 for the first bag, $25 for the second bag. Overweight bags are an extra $49.

American Airlines – $25 for the first bag, $35 for the second bag. Any more bags than that are $100 each. Overweight bags are an extra $50.

Continental Airlines – $25 for the first bag, $35 for the second bag. A few bucks cheaper if checked online. Overweight bags are an extra $50.

Delta Airlines – $25 for the first bag, $35 for the second bag. A few bucks cheaper if checked online. Overweight bags are an extra $55.

JetBlue – $0 for the first bag, $30 for the second bag. Overweight bags are an extra $20.

Southwest Airlines – $0 for the first bag, $0 for the second bag. Overweight bags are $50.

United Airlines – $25 for the first bag, $35 for the second bag. Overweight bags are an extra $125. (Yikes)

Virgin Airlines – $25 for the first bag, $25 for the second bag, and so on. You can check up to 10 bags. First bag can weigh up to 70 lbs with no additional charge; bags 2-10 can weigh up to 50 lbs.

So in addition to the hundreds you pay for the tickets, parking, transportation to and from, you now have to pay money just to bring a bag with you. My recommendation? Fly Southwest or discover traveling by Amtrak, my favorite way to go!

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  1. It would be a cold day in hell before I would pay to check a bag.

    I’d stick with Airtran, whom I don’t see on the list, or go with Southwest, who doesn’t charge.

    Charging customers for things that were never previously charged for, to me, is the ultimate insult.

  2. kt says:

    i am forced to close one eye and pay up because i absolutely love flying. or just fly light, like with one or two small bags

  3. Extra baggage expenses are a real drag. I just flew to Florida for some military training and received free checked bags. If only that worked on more things…Like at the movies :)

  4. Bill says:

    These fees are waived for international flights still.

    The argument is that you where always being charged for bags and it isn’t fair to charge the people that just use carry on bags.

    They are starting to crack down finally on the people trying to carry on those giant bags. I just flew Lufthansa to India and they were measuring your carry on bags and you had to have an approved carry on sticker to get on the plane.

    As for the train, I just priced out a trip for 4 from Portland to Chicago I’m planning this summer, the train cost cost $250 less but takes 4 days round trip. Sleeping in 4 nights in a chair to save $250???? Not to even mention the cost of wasting 4 paid days off staring out the window at corn.

  5. David says:

    That’s where the thinking is wrong – train travel is part of the trip/experience. At least it is for me!

  6. I’m returning from a business trip today and paid $23 (saved $2 by paying in advance online) to check one bag.

    I hate to pay, but dislike lugging bags around the airport (between flights) even more!

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