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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ever heard of a $450 bag fee? Now you have!

Packing heavy bags could hit you hard in the wallet, as fees hit the $400 level, according to a report by USA Today.

This week, the publication released its annual survey of airline fees, showing costs keep going up and up for passengers.

The highest fee? American Airlines charges $450 for an overweight checked bag weighing 71-100 pounds on its Asian flights.

Other airlines have also gotten in on the fees. For an overweight checked bag weighing 71-100 pounds, Continental Airlines charges $400 on most international flights. United Airlines charges $400 for checking bags weighing 71-99.9 pounds on flights to another continent.

On "The Early Show" Wednesday, Ben Mutzabaugh, USA Today travel reporter, said most airlines are justifying the high fees by saying they need the fees to recoup the fuel charges for carrying such heavy luggage on long flights.

He added, "I think they really are just trying to discourage heavy bags. It's difficult for them to handle. The good news to this is, so few people are traveling on itineraries like that with such heavy luggage, it affects a small portion of us. Most of us are likely to pay fees domestically that are much lower than those international ones that are the eye-popping numbers of $400 to $450." more