Craig Johnson, Clark.com
With healthy competition heating up the airfare wars, carriers are looking for ways to increase revenue even as ticket prices drop. That’s why many airlines are raising prices on baggage fees, even as they as they tack on charges for services like seating arrangements and in-flight meals.
JetBlue, Air Canada & WestJet: These airlines just raised baggage fees
This is an important consumer issue is that the increase in checked bags fees just a handful of airlines can catch on industry-wide — and you’d better keep an eye on those carry-on fees as well.
Baggage fee increases: JetBlue
JetBlue has gone up on its baggage prices, effective Monday, August 27 2018: For Blue fares, your first checked bag will cost you $30 (it was $25) if you booked after that date. The change also means your second bag will be $40. For Blue Plus, your first checked bag is included and the second bag is $40. For Blue Flex fares, two checked bags are included.
For Mint fares, two checked bags up to 70 pounds each are included. For all fares, any additional bag will cost $150 (a $50 increase).
Baggage fee increases: Air Canada
When it comes to carry-on bags, Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express flights allow you one standard bag and a personal item.
For checked bags, Air Canada raised prices by $5 in late August 2018 to $30 (CAD/USD) for the first checked bag and $50 for the second. You may qualify for a complimentary baggage allowance based on how much you pay for your airfare, your destination and frequent flyer status. Here are the baggage price details based on fares:
Baggage fee increases: WestJet
The Canadian low-cost airline says on its website that it has revised the prices on its baggage fees, which will go into effect on October 1, 2018. Fees will stay the same for travelers who booked flights within Canada before August 24, 2018, and outside the country before August 28, 2018. Otherwise, the new baggage fees — first bag $25 (CAD/USD) and second bag $35— will take effect on October 1, 2018.
Fliers who bought fares before those dates but are traveling after October 1, 2018 are being told to “see an airport agent for the grandfathered fee.”
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