2018 is another exciting year to travel. However, before you pack your bags, you might want to check out the latest airline baggage fees. This post will help you find the right airline for your budget and allow you to avoid excess baggage or overweight bags fees.
Airline Baggage Fees for Each Major US Airline Company
1. Air Canada
Air Canada charges their clients $25 for the first checked bag, $35 for the second, and $125 for the third. These rates apply to domestic trips (Canada), and trips to the U.S. Keep in mind that their rates for flights from the U.S. to Mexico are a bit pricier, with the third bag costing as much as $225.
2. United Airlines
UA charges $25-30 for your first checked bags, while an additional bag costs you $35. If you’d like a third suitcase, it’s $150. Flying United can be pretty expensive, so you better pack wisely. Meanwhile, oversized and overweight bags can cost anywhere between $100-200 and bringing a pet onboard will cost $125. All rates apply to domestic flights, flights from the U.S. to Canada, and flights from the U.S. to Mexico.
3. Delta Air Lines
Delta Air charges $25 for excess luggage, and any additional bags will cost you $35 and $150, respectively. Fortunately, they charge the same amount for domestic flights and flights going to Canada. However, trips going to Mexico cost a bit more if you have a second bag ($40), and a third will cost you $125.
4. American Airlines
American Airlines offers the same rates as its competitors, with excess bags costing you $25, $35, and $150. With these prices, you get to bring with you a carry-on bag, and you can also take at least one of your pieces of luggage onboard for $25. Similar to most airline companies, each bag can only weigh a maximum of 50lbs/23kg. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay extra.
5. Virgin America
Virgin America (VX) allows passengers to bring one carry-on bag and one personal bag, which can either be a backpack, laptop bag, purse or a briefcase. They charge $25 for each checked bag, and each bag’s maximum weight is 23kg/50lbs. If you insist on bringing a pet, it will cost an additional $100, while overweight bags can cost you around $50-$100.
Jetblue charges the same amount for the first two bags but, at just a $100, is a lot more lenient with the third. The same rates apply to domestic flights and North American flights.
7. Alaska Airlines
If you find JetBlue’s rates budget-friendly, wait until you hear about the baggage fee rates from Alaska Airlines. Here, the first two bags cost only $25, and the third is just $75. If you’re moving or simply planning a longer trip, Alaska Airlines is your best bet.
8. Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines is one step ahead of their competitors, as the first two bags are completely free so long as you stay within their weight restrictions. If you do have a heavier bag, you can expect a $75 fee. The same amount is charged for the third and any other additional bags.
9. Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines will charge you $25 for your first, $35 for your second, and $125 for your third bag. What makes them unique from their competitors is they won’t charge you as much if one of your bags is overweight. Price starts at $35 for overweight bags.
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Now that you know which airline meets your luggage needs, it’s time to draw up an itinerary! Remember, each airline also offers their own deals, so be sure to do your research if you’re traveling on a budget. Safe travels!
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