Baggage Rules!

United Airlines started it all back in March, announcing that it would charge $15 for a second checked bag on domestic flights. From there, the trend escalated — airlines’ way of managing jet fuel prices. Now some carriers charge passengers for all checked luggage, and many have raised their overweight and oversize fees. Even bags that are allowed free of charge must, in most cases, weigh 50 pounds or less, and the sum of a bag’s length, width and height must be 62 inches or less. To prevent passengers from dragging big bags into the cabin, some airlines are becoming more vigilant about carry-ons as well. Most major airlines have a "one bag and one 'personal item' " rule

Below are the fees that several major carriers charge for oversize and overweight baggage, as well as new checked-bag fees and size limits for carry-ons. Note that a bag may be subject to a triple whammy of charges if it’s too large, too heavy and one too many. Maybe you don't need all those shoes. — Christina Talcott

Airline Baggage Charges Overweight Bag Fees Oversize Bag Fees Carry-on Limit
AirTran First: free.
Second: $10 online,
$20 at airport.
Third: $50.
51-70 lb.: $29.
71-100 lb.: $69.
62-70 in.: $29.
71-80 in.: $69.
55 in.
American First: $15.
Second: $25.
Third to fi fth:
$100 each.
Sixth: $200.
51-70 lb.: $50.
71-100 lb.: $100.
63-115 in.: $150. 45 in. and 40 lb.
Continental First: free.
Second: $25.
Third: $100.
51-70 lb.: $50. 63-115 in.: $100. 51 in. and 40 lb.
Delta Domestic: First: free.
Second: $25.
Third to 10th:
$80-$180 each.
International: First and
second: free. Third to 10th:
$150-$600 each.
51-70 lb.: $80.
71-100 lb.: $150.
62-80 in.: $150. 45 in. and 40 lb.
JetBlue First: free.
Second: $20.
Third: $75.
51-70 lb.: $50.
71-99 lb.: $100.
63-80 in.: $75. 50 in. for Embraer
190 planes, 56 in.
for Airbus A320s.
Northwest First: $15.
Second: $25.
Third: $100.
51-70 lb.: $50. Domestic:
63-80 in.: $100.
International varies.
45 in.
Southwest First and second:
free.
Third: $25.
Fourth and additional:
$50-$110 each.
51-70 lb.: $25.
71-100 lb.: $50.
63-80 in.: $50. 50 in.
United Domestic:
First: $15.
Second: $25.
Third and additional:
$125-$250 each.
International varies.
51-100 lb.: $125. 63-115 in.: $125. 45 in.
US Airways First: $15.
Second: $25.
Third and additional:
$100 each.
51-70 lb.:
$50-$150,
71-100 lb.: $100-
$200 (based on
number of bags)
62-80 in.: $100 51 in.

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