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Getting a Grip on Baggage Fees

For your convenience we have listed below the major carriers with direct links to their websites' baggage policy pages. It is important to check your carrier's policy before your flight so that you will know what to expect in fees and allowances.

You'll find most baggage fees do not apply to first and business class, elite status frequent flyer ticket holders, and some other full-fare tickets; however this being the airline industry, things change at a moment's notice. You'll also want to become a savvy packer and learn to travel light, as additional fees are being imposed for luggage deemed "heavy".

What you need to know:

Checked baggage policies vary by airline, frequent flyer status, booking class, baggage size and weight. Fees may apply for your first bag and subsequent bags; for sports equipment and oversized bags, as well as bags exceeding the airline's weight limits.

If you are making connections and changing airlines, whether domestically or internationally, you will want to check the policies ahead of time. Below you will find links to each airlines' policy.


Air Canada Air France Air Tran
Alaska Airlines American
New AA Fees Effective 8/14/09
British Airways
Cathay Pacific Continental Delta
Frontier JetBlue Lufthansa
Mexicana Northwest Qantas
Southwest Spirit United
USAirways Virgin Atlantic Virgin America


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