Airlines Collect a Record Amount of Bag Fees

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Baggage feesBy SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.

Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) once again claimed the title as the airline collecting the most in baggage fees: nearly $430 million from January through June. The slightly larger United Airlines - part of United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) - followed with $351 million in bag fees, according to a report from the Bureau of Transportation statistics released Tuesday.

Airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the fees have climbed since. Airlines typically charge $25 each way for the first checked bag, $35 for the second bag and then various extra amounts for overweight or oversized bags.

The nation's 15 largest carriers collected a combined $932 million in bag fees in the second quarter, the BTS reported. That's in addition to the $816 million collected in the first quarter of 2012. The third quarter, which includes the busy leisure travel months of July and August, is traditionally the highest of the year but figures aren't expected to be reported by the government until December.

The airlines also collected an additional $1.3 billion in fees for canceling or changing a reservation during the first six months of the year.

Without the fees, many airlines would struggle to remain profitable. The industry turned a $2.3 billion operating profit with a 6-percent profit margin in the second quarter, according to BTS, up from $228 million, or a 0.7-percent margin, during the first quarter, a traditionally slow time of year.

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hrhjonii

And we the STUPID public just go along with this legalized robbery of our money! COMPLAIN ,COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN more . If enough of us do this every time we fly eventually they will hear us and dump these userous money makers for them. They waste millions , on perks for thier upper managment personel and dodadds for them...Don't just say aww its ok and pay ,speak up and tell me your don't like it one bit...

September 26 2012 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
acar098

oh joy they are making huge profits by sticking it to us, just like the oil companies.

September 26 2012 at 8:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
JC

And God saith, "Let there be Southwest Airlines." And it was good.

September 26 2012 at 6:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hntrfmhades

This story should be classified under CRIME REPORTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That those criminals are bilking millions of travelors out of billions of dollars is a crime under any circumstances. A few years ago I had a ticket counter lackey insist that I pay the baggage fee in cash. I guess her Xmas bonus wasn't going to be enough. BTW it was a delta flight. All i can say is.......FLY SOUTHWESTERN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 26 2012 at 6:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hntrfmhades

This story should be classified under CRIME REPORTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That those criminals are bilking millions of travelors out of billions of dollars is a crime under any circumstances. A few years ago I had a ticket counter lackey insist that I pay the baggage fee in cash. I guess her Xmas bonus wasn't going to be enough. BTW it was a delta flight. All i can say is.......FLY SOUTHWESTERN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 26 2012 at 6:13 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Rhonda

GREEDY BAST---S

September 26 2012 at 4:07 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dsh1007155

This "industry" has gotten so much worse over time. Cramped seats and fetid air for top dollar is what it has come to.

September 26 2012 at 3:44 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dsh1007155

This "industry" has gotten so much worse over time. Cramped seats and fetid air for top dollar is what it has come to.

September 26 2012 at 3:44 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Jay

I do not care about what airlines make off of baggage. I just want wider seats and more leg room.

September 26 2012 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jay

I do not care about what airlines make off of baggage. I just want wider seats and more leg room.

September 26 2012 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply