Delta Baggage Fees Increase, Reflecting Industry-Wide Trend

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Delta Airlines has increased its checked baggage fees to up to $35, the highest such fees in the US industry. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more:

The higher fees take effect Tuesday for Delta passengers who booked their flights Jan. 5 or later and are checking bags on domestic flights. For those who pay the baggage fees when they check in online, the fees will be $23 for the first checked bag and $32 for the second checked bag. Those who pay the baggage fees at the airport ticket counter, kiosk or curbside will pay $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second.

“The increase is a result of the continued economic pressures on our business,” Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott said. Still exempt from the baggage fees are elite frequent fliers, first class and business class passengers, active military personnel on orders and those who buy full-fare coach tickets.

US Airways had raised its maximum fees to those amounts last year. Continental is doing so later this week.

Delta had the highest “ancillary revenues” per passenger, including baggage fees and other charges, among major airlines ranked in a report on third quarter results from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics last month.

Meanwhile, Southwest doesn’t charge anything to check a bag. Is it any wonder that customer-oriented Southwest continues to outperform airlines that focus on “ancillary revenues” instead?

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  • Keep in mind that the bag fees are each way, so if you fly round trip you need to double the cost.