Wednesday, June 6, 2012

U.S. Airlines ‘Only’ Collected $3.36 Billion in Baggage Fees Last Year

Airline passengers in the U.S. collectively paid $3.36 billion in fees for carry-on and checked bags last year. The figure actually represents a decrease from 2010, when we dropped $3.4 billion on baggage fees. Chances are, you paid more out of pocket to fly last year anyway.

Upon the release of the latest numbers from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Associated Press reports that “U.S. airlines’ revenue from bag fees fell last year for the first time since they started collecting them.” U.S. airlines collected $792 million in baggage fees in the fourth quarter of 2011, bringing the yearlong total to $3.36 billion.

In 2010, domestic carriers raked in $3.4 billion in baggage fees, the all-time high, up from $2.7 billion in 2009, and just $1.15 billion in 2008, the year that baggage fees more or less became standard. Read More