January 15, 2010
Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines once again are upping the fees they charge domestic economy passengers to check a first and second piece of luggage, which could affect incentive travel groups.
Delta is charging economy passengers in the U.S. and Canada $23 per way, to check their first piece of luggage when paid online and $25 when paid at the airport. For the second checked bag, Delta is charging $32 if paid online and $35 at the airport.
Continental posted the same pricing adjustment on its website, effective for tickets purchased for travel on or after Jan. 16.
Previously, Delta charged $15 for the first bag when paid online, and $20 at the airport, while levying $25 for the second bag when paying online and $30 at the airport. Continental, meanwhile, charged $20 for the first checked bag if paid at the airport and $18 if prepaid online, and $30 for their second checked bag at the airport and $27 online.
US Airways in August began charging passengers $20 for the first checked bag if purchased online and $25 at the airport. The carrier also began charging $30 for the second checked bag if purchased through its website and $35 at the airport.
American Airlines and United Airlines at press time had yet to match the pricing moves led by Delta and Continental, according to baggage policies posted on their websites.
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