Airlines See Major Return from Baggage Fees

Airline FeesAre your meeting attendees and business travelers tired of paying that extra charge for checked baggage? It was supposedly a temporary cost-covering measure by airlines due to the rise in fuel costs. But now, I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes a permanent way to recoup losses, seeing as how checked baggage fees showed great returns for airlines in 2008.

According to Bloomberg News, American Airlines and US Airways saw a collective record $1.1 billion in bag fees in 2008. Delta collected $121.6 million, while American collected $278 million in bag fees. Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines, which does not charge to check the first two bags, reported $25.2 million in bag fees.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has said that industry-wide collections have more than doubled from 2007.
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