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United Airlines, US Airways baggage fees about to jump

15 May 2009

United Airlines and US Airways are nudging up baggage fees, and analysts expect other carriers to follow.

As of June 10, United Airlines plans to hike its luggage fees by $5 per bag for customers who pay for the service at the airport, charging $20 for the first bag checked and $30 for the second.

Luggage fees and other ‘a la carte’ charges have quickly become an important source of revenue to U.S. carriers, which are struggling to become profitable. The 21 largest U.S. carriers generated $1.2 billion in baggage fees in 2008, according to the Bureau of Transportation.

source: Chicago Tribune

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