Northwest, American Add Luggage Fees

Northwest Airlines will charge passengers $25 to check a second bag on domestic flights, following similar moves by United, US Airways and Delta. The fee, announced today, will take effect May 5.

Looks like American Airlines may be next. It has filed a notice with the Canadian government, which requires 45 days’ notice,  about imposing the same fee. A company spokesman said no final decision has been made about the fee, but I’ll take bets with anyone who thinks it won’t happen.

That’s five of the Big Six legacy carriers on board with this fee. Continental is the lone holdout. No surprise there. Continental actually still serves food at no extra charge, at least sometimes.

As I said before, people with a lot of luggage should also look at Southwest. It still allows two checked bags. (Used to be three.)


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