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Airlines to Passengers: Get Used to Paying More to Check in Your Baggage


Airlines collected a record sum in baggage fees from January to June.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL If you are a frequent traveler, you might have noticed that you've been paying more for checking in suitcases these days.

With fuel prices up dramatically in the past few years, airlines have struggled to maintain profit margins without raising ticket prices so high that passengers are scared away. The solution? Keep the basic ticket price relatively low, and charge flyers heavily for checking bags.

Indeed, according to report released by the Bureau of Transport Statistics, or BTS, US airlines a set record pace in baggage fees collection for the first half of 2012, adding more than $1.7 billion to their coffers, which is the most ever received in the first six months of a year.

In the first quarter of 2012, America's 15 largest airlines collected a total of $816 million in bag fees. The number grew to $932 million in the second quarter.

Leading the way is Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), with some $231 million in the second quarter, while United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) was second with $195 million. American, US Airways (NYSE:LCC) and Southwest (NYSE:LUV) rounded out the top 5. (Southwest does not charge for the first checked bag, but its subsidiary AirTran Airways does.)

Baggage fees were introduced in 2008 and have gone up since, as as Scott Mayerowitz of AP points out.
Many of these fees were first introduced to allow airlines to offset rising fuel costs. In 2007, the airlines paid an average of $2.09 a gallon for jet fuel. The next year, prices spiked 46% to $3.06. During the first seven months of this year, airlines have paid an average of $2.96 a gallon.

Airfares have climbed in recent years but not as fast as the cost of fuel. Passengers have shown reluctance to book tickets if the base fare is too high, hence the introduction of the fees.

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