United Airlines: Baggage fees will jump to $30, matching JetBlue

United Airlines: Baggage fees will jump to $30, matching JetBlue

United Airlines: Baggage fees will jump to $30, matching JetBlue

Last year, USA airlines raised $7.4 billion from fees on checked bags and ticket changes, led by American, Delta and United.

The first checked bag for United flights in North America, Central America and the Caribbean now costs $30, up from $25.

Chicago-based United says the money helps it invest in "the overall customer experience".

It added that passengers with MileagePlus Premier status in the airline's loyalty program, and customers who purchase their ticket with an eligible MileagePlus credit card, "will continue to receive complimentary checked luggage".

The move comes after JetBlue on Monday raised its fees to $30 for a first checked bag and $40 for a second piece of luggage, pushing its baggage fees to above that of other major USA carriers.

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Second checked bag fees for travel to and from Canada will go up by $15 to $50, while the fee remains flat in Mexico at $55, King said.

Smaller rival JetBlue Airways Corp JBLU.O on Monday also increased the fee on the first checked bag by $5 to $30, and on the second checked bag by the same amount to $40 on all routes.

American spokesman Ross Feinstein declined to comment Friday on whether a baggage fee increase was in the offing.

"The carry-on bag restriction left us uncompetitive from a product attribute perspective in some markets", American Airlines President Robert Isom said on a post-earnings call in July.

Southwest Airlines remains the only major US carrier that doesn't charge passengers for checked bags. In 2017, U.S. airlines collected $4.6 billion in baggage fees, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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