Delta and Continental airlines announced today that they would be increasing baggage fees for checked bags to around $35. These fees will apply to all checked bags between the U.S., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The fees will exclude frequent fliers, active U.S. military members, and premium-class fliers.
Although the airline industry has been seeing an upward increase in revenue, they still plan on implimenting these checked baggage fees. “We have a real focus on growing the ancillary revenues in our business to act as a temper against the volatility of the business,” said Delta Chief Executive Richard Anderson, during an investor meeting last month.
There are ways you can avoid these checked baggage fees. When traveling domestically, consider packing everything in a small carry on sized bag to carry on board. But remember there are certain items you can’t carry on. Avoid carrying razors, tweezers, or liquid based products that might be confiscated at security. If you’re OK with buying a disposable razor when you get to your location or using the hotel shampoo, then this could be an ideal option for you.
(Via The Wall Street Journal)