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Airlines collect $783M in bag fees in 1st quarter

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:38 a.m. HST, Sep 13, 2011

NEW YORK >> U.S. airlines collected slightly higher baggage fees in the in the first three months of the year as the number of travelers increased.

The nation's largest airlines reported baggage fees of about $783.7 million in the first three months of the year. That's up nearly 2 percent from the $768.5 million they collected in the same period last year. The airlines carried about 2.4 percent more travelers in the first quarter than they did in the same period a year before.

Passengers also paid more reservation fees. Airlines took in $592 million in charges to change plans in the first quarter, compared with about $554 million a year earlier.

The data was released Tuesday by the Transportation Department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Fees for reservation changes and bags are the only ones that the government can identify separately. The DOT said in July that it's considering a rule that would require airlines to report 16 additional categories of fee revenue.

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cojef wrote:
All airlines are chislers, nickel and diming the air passengers. Had to pay $50 for booking on-line with Hawaiian Airlines this past May. Do'nt know if booking agencies for the airlines are doing so.
on September 13,2011 | 10:15AM
E_Ogawa wrote:
Just out of curiosity, was this booking fee tied entirely to the reservation of the ticket or was part of it related to optional / ancillary items such as upgrades, change fees, or prepaid baggage charges? If it was only for the reservation, you got taken for a ride, in addition to the flight. There is no reservation charge for on-line bookings at Hawaiianairlines.com.
on September 13,2011 | 12:57PM
shshimizu wrote:
That sounds about right. The taxes on tickets run almost 12%. I've compared online reservations of airlines versus sites like Kayak, the prices with the airlines are always less.
on September 13,2011 | 01:37PM
usahwn wrote:
I just booked r/t to hnl with Hawaiian using travel points. After all travel trying to accumulate enough points, they rip off costing 60000 points for two plus 40 dollars for taxes and fees. What a lot of bull and continuos monopoly dictating how and when you can travel. They now cut down unannounced number of free baggage for premier members so they can gouge more.
on September 13,2011 | 08:15PM
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