Why Airlines Like Jet Blue, United, and Delta Are Suddenly Hiking Their Baggage Fees

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You should pad your budget for your next vacation: Your air travel is likely to be a bit more expensive.

Deltadal said yesterday it has raised its baggage fees on domestic flights from $25 to $30 for the first bag and from $35 to $40 for the second. It’s following in the footsteps of JetBluejblu, United Airlinesual, Air Canada and West Jet, which all raised their baggage fees by $5 in the past month.

American Airlinesaal has not yet announced any such baggage fee increases, but industry observers expect it’s just a matter of time. Southwest Airlinesluv remains the only major U.S. carrier with no fees for the first two bags.

Baggage fees are a lucrative business for airlines. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports domestic airlines collected $2.4 billion in baggage fees in the first half of 2018, up about 7% from the same period last year. They collected a total of $4.6 billion in bag fees in 2017.

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