Airlines Collected $3.4 Billion in Bag Fees in 2010

7 years 4 months 1 week ago Monday, June 13 2011 Jun 13, 2011 Monday, June 13, 2011 12:56:00 PM CDT June 13, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The government says that airlines collected $3.4 billion in baggage fees last year, up 24 percent from 2009.

The fees are typically $50 roundtrip for a first checked bag.

Reservation and change fees accounted for an additional $2.3 billion, down 3 percent from 2009.

The add-ons are one of the few bright spots for an industry that is caught between rising fuel costs and customers who expect rock-bottom airfares. Analysts say without the fees, the industry would be losing money.

 

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