United Airlines Joins JetBlue, Others in Raising Bag Fees

by Daniel McCarthy
United Airlines Joins JetBlue, Others in Raising Bag Fees

The carrier will start charging $30 for the first checked bag. Photo: United


United Airlines is matching last week’s hike in bag fees by JetBlue. The carrier will now start charging $30 for the first checked bag (up from $25), $40 for the second (up from $35), and $150 for the third (up from $100). The fee for United flights to and from Canada for a second bag will now be $50.

The airline made the change last week, explaining to Bloomberg that it was done in order to help the carrier “make investments that make travel on United better,” and that “most of [the fees] have not been changed for the past eight years.”

United’s costs now match JetBlue’s, which became the first major airline to charge $30 for a traveler’s first checked bag. JetBlue was also followed by Canadian carriers Air Canada and WestJet last week, both of which are raising the fee for the first checked bag to CAD $30 (from CAD $25) and the price of the second to CAD $50 (up from CAD $30).

It is not clear whether or not the other major American carriers — Delta, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and Alaskan Airlines — will follow suit, but the industry is continuing to look for more ways to increase revenue to offset rising fuel prices.

  0
  5
Tip of the Day
Daily Top List

Safest Global Urban Neighborhoods for LGBTQ Travelers

1. Amsterdam’s Centrum neighborhood.

2. The Castro District in San Francisco.

3. Berlin’ s Schöneberg neighborhood.

4. Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood.

5. Tel Aviv’s City Center.

Source: GeoSure

TMR THIS WEEK
http://services.travelsavers.com/AMGService.svc/REST/GetImage?ImageID=01e53f1d-84ba-e811-ba59-782bcb66a2f2

Here Are the ABCs of Guided Independent Travel

It's not escorted and it's not independent travel, so what's the lowdown on this increasingly popular guided independent travel segment?

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Delta Air Lines Joins Others in Raising Bag Fees
Delta Air Lines Joins Others in Raising Bag Fees

The increases are becoming industrywide as more and more major airlines follow suit.

ASTA Warns FAA Bill Could Impose Harmful Regulations on Travel Agencies
ASTA Warns FAA Bill Could Impose Harmful Regulations on Travel Agencies

The organization estimates the potential economic impact on the industry to be nearly $30 million a year.

United Airlines is Changing its Boarding Process
United Airlines is Changing its Boarding Process

The airline says the new boarding process will make it easier, and less stressful, for passengers to get onboard.

Sabre Expands Beyond NDC Program
Sabre Expands Beyond NDC Program

New partners include United Airlines, BCD Travel, American Express Travel, and more.

Touting Success, TSA Plans to Expand 3D Carry-On Scanners
Touting Success, TSA Plans to Expand 3D Carry-On Scanners

The quicker pace of screenings, coupled with requiring travelers to take out less from their bags, would ease the congestion plaguing long security lines at airports.

Three Transatlantic Flights Held on Tarmac Because of Passenger Illnesses
Three Transatlantic Flights Held on Tarmac Because of Passenger Illnesses

The “sick passenger syndrome” is officially a trend.

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Norwegian Cruise Line