While other airlines have been nibbling around the edges of the checked bag fee question with one set of fees for those paying online and another for those paying at the airport, American Airlines has come out and bluntly said, “Pay more.” Nothing subtle about it.
Effective August 14, 2009, first-checked-bag fees will go from $15 to $20 and second-checked-bag fees will increase by $5 to $30.
Prior to this move, Delta air Lines and USAirways had announced $20 fees for first checked bags, but had kept the $15 charge for those who charged their bags online prior to arriving at the airport. Passengers can expect the airport fees to jump to $20 almost immediately and the online discount may or may not stick. My prediction: the online discount will disappear; why bother?
For anyone confused about the state of airline fees, Kayak.com has a good fee chart. It is relatively up to date, though it still doesn’t include (as of July 27, 2009) the new American Airline fees.
by Charlie Leocha on tripso.com