Airlines increase baggage fees

Some of the big transatlantic airlines are introducing new fees for baggage this autumn. The airlines, including British Airways, say they’ll allow passengers to carry just one checked-in bag weighing up to 23kg within the price of an economy fare. Beyond that they’ll charge more per second bag per flight, depending on the airline.

The rate may also vary according to the exchange rate as US carriers charge in dollars, and also on the way you pay it. Some airlines, including British Airways and Virgin, will give discounts if you prepay online.

However, not all airlines are adopting this new approach. United Airlines continues to allow two bags within the price of the fare and although Virgin Atlantic is introducing a new charge for a second bag, it says it will take an additional bag of sports equipment weighing up to 23kg, such as golf clubs, at no charge.

New luggage costs
American Airlines First bag free. From September 14, a second bag will cost $50 on a Europe to US route. No online discount.

Continental Airlines First bag free. From September 15, a second bag will cost $50 (checked in at airport), $45 (prepaid online) on a Europe to US route.

British Airways First bag free. From October 7, a second bag will cost £40 (checked in at airport), £32 (pre-booked online). Note the short-haul and domestic charge for a second bag will be £35 (checked in at airport), £28 (prepaid online).

Delta First bag free. Second bag costs $50. No online discount.

United Airlines No charge for first or second checked-in bag.

US Airways First bag free. From November 4, a second bag will cost $25 (checked in at airport), $20 (prepaid online).

Virgin Atlantic First bag free. From November 25, a second bag will cost £40 (checked in at airport) or £32 (pre-booked online). One additional bag of sports equipment (such as golf clubs or ski gear) weighing up to 23kg will be carried free.

Content sourced from The Telegraph Sep 09
Baggage prices taken from airlines websites Sep 09

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