U.S. domestic airlines charged us more than $1 billion last year for excess baggage, as reported today by CNN. Given that 2008 was the year the airlines started tightening the screws with the unpopular baggage fee, expect to see at least double or triple that number for 2009. In the last quarter of 2008 alone, the fees were one-half billion.
- Baggage Fees to/from Hawaii
All airlines serving Hawaii from/to the mainland charge $15 for the first checked bag and $25 for the second. Alaska was the last bastion of free baggage here, but they too recently joined the party.
Baggage Fees Inter-island
Your first bag is free on Mokulele, Hawaiian and Island Air. Only Go! charges $10 for the first bag. If you take a second bag expect to pay $17 extra. The only exception is Island Air which charges $35 for the second bag starting May 15.
Perhaps the only ray of light at the end of this annoying fee tunnel is that we are actually carrying less. As I discussed previously, that may actually be helping to prevent back injuries at the expense of the pocketbook.
How have baggage fees changed the way you pack?