Baggage Fees Soar in 2010
Delta made $952 million from baggage fees in 2010. A distant second place is American at a paltry $580 million and US Airways with a measly $513 million.
Remember when bags flew free? Last year airlines brought in $3.4 billion in bag fees, according to a Department of Transportation study. That’s up about 25% from 2009. Delta, for example, charges $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second checked bag on domestic flights.
It sure adds up. I’ve
complained written about it many times. For a family of five (like mine), a round-trip can cost as much as $600 in bag fees alone!! So when we fly, we go Southwest (2 checked bags fly free) or do carry-on if we can.
Click here for a complete list of how much the airlines made in baggage fees in 2010.
What do you think? Are the airline baggage fees fair?