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Airlines Cash In on Baggage Fees

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Baggage fees—the airlines’ version of sliced bread (as in ‘the greatest thing since…’)—continue to drive more and more revenue for U.S. airlines.

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics has reported that U.S. airlines brought in $4.9 billion in baggage fees in 2018, up from $4.6 billion in 2017 for a 7 percent increase.

But that’s also more than quadruple the $1.1 billion collected in 2009, an almost 80 percent increase.

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American Airlines brought in $1.2 billion in baggage fees last year, the highest among the 11 U.S. carriers. United was next at $888.7 million and Delta was third at $788.5 million.

Baggage fees have been a constant and lucrative stream of revenue for airlines since 2008 when American Airlines became the first legacy carrier to introduce the concept of baggage fees. Other U.S carrier quickly followed.

For the average traveler, there are ways to avoid such fees, but they can be pricey. You can join an airline’s frequent flyer program and attain a certain status to receive a free bag benefit, but that obviously means paying for more flights.

You could also sign up for an airline credit card, but some cards come with high annual fees. And, of course, when flying you could always purchase a premium, business or first class ticket, which often come with a free checked bag.

Here’s a look at the five major U.S. carriers and what their baggage fees are:

American Airlines
First Bag: $30
Second Bag: $40
Third Bag: $150
Over 71 pounds or 62 inches: $200

Delta Air Lines
First Bag: $30
Second Bag: $40
Third Bag: $150
Over 71 pounds or 62 inches: $200

United Airlines
First Bag: $30
Second Bag: $40
Third Bag: $150
Over 71 pounds or 62 inches: $200

Southwest Airlines
First Bag: $0
Second Bag: $0
Third Bag: $75
Over 71 pounds or 62 inches: $75

JetBlue
First Bag: $30
Second Bag: $40
Third Bag: $150
Over 71 pounds or 62 inches: $150

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Delta Air Lines Upgrades Health, Safety Guidelines

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As travel restrictions are lifted, Delta Air Lines has implemented a series of health protocols to keep passengers safe as they fly again during the coronavirus outbreak and moving forward.

From the time customers check-in for their flights until they collect their bags at the final destination, Delta officials claim the company’s main focus has shifted to the health and safety of passengers.

In the airport, travelers will notice check-in lobbies, self-service kiosks, gate counters and baggage claim are thoroughly wiped down throughout the day, while electrostatic spraying will take place in the planes and throughout terminals.

In addition, Delta continues to install plexiglass shields at check-in counters, in Delta Sky Clubs and at gate counters throughout the United States. Social distance markers will also be added at all of the airports served by the airline.

Hand sanitizer stations will also become easily accessible throughout the facilities.

“The (travel) experience is a very comfortable, a very safe experience, we have taken actions, even above and beyond what the CDC has recommended to ensure safety,” Delta Chief Customer Experience Officer Bill Lentsch said in a statement.

As for the actual onboard experience, Delta is now boarding passengers back to front and limiting it to 10 customers at a time to minimize your contact with others. The carrier is also blocking middle seats, adjusting capacity numbers and requiring face coverings.

Before passengers board the planes, cleaning crews complete an extensive checklist of procedures using high-grade disinfectant to wipe down personal and common areas of the cabin.

Delta also temporarily streamlined food and beverage offerings to reduce touchpoints, with snack bags given out during the first pass through the cabin by flight attendants.

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