Baggage Fees Soar in 2010

Hey, American, US Airways, United and the rest of the big airlines. You have some catching up to do. Delta is WAY ahead of both of you.

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?

3 Comments on “Baggage Fees Soar in 2010

  1. IF THEY ARE MAKING THAT KIND OF MONEY, THEN I THINK THEY SHOULD GO BACK TO FRE LUGGAGE!! ITS F–KING CRAZY WHAT THEY ARE CHARGING!! I QUIT FLYING BECAUSE LAST TIME I FLEW IT COST ME OVER $500.00 AND I ONLY HAD ME AND 1 BAG!!!

  2. Pingback: Airline Baggage Fees Getting Even More Outrageous « JustMyPOV

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