United has become the next major airline to increase its baggage fees in recent weeks. The changes will affect checked baggage fees specifically. It will now cost $30 to check a bag, which is an increase of $5. To check a second bag, passengers need to spend $40, which is up from $35.
United’s decision to increase checked baggage fees comes hot on the heels of three other airlines – JetBlue, Air Canada and West Jet – who have brought in similar price hikes.
United have upped their fees in a bid to recuperate costs incurred from rising jet fuel prices and it is expected that more airlines will also be forced to react in this way.
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JetBlue has announced that it is increasing the cost of checking a bag. The price hike will see the cost of one checked bag raised from $25 to $30. A second checked bag will go up from $35 to $40. Most notably, a third checked bag will increase from $100 to a massive $150.