American Airlines has recently announced that it is raising baggage fees, following Delta, United, and JetBlue, which hiked their prices earlier this month. This is the first increase in eight years, and airlines claim hikes are needed to offset fuel and labor expenses.
Southwest is the only US carrier that allows its passengers to check two bags for free.
Once the change goes into effect, the price for checking your first and second bags will go up by $5. Beginning September 21, 2018, the main cabin baggage fee will be $30 for the first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag. The changes are being implemented for travel within the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Note that tickets purchased before September 21, 2018, will be subject to the previous terms, which means you’ll pay $25 and $30 for the first and second checked bag, respectively.
In addition, keep in mind that certain customers are still eligible for free checked bags. According to American Airlines, they are:
“American’s elite status AAdvantage® members: Concierge Key and AAdvantage Executive Platinum®; AAdvantage Platinum Pro®; AAdvantage Platinum® and AAdvantage Gold®; eligible AAdvantage® Aviator® and Citi®/AAdvantage® cardmembers on domestic itineraries operated by American Airlines; customers confirmed in the first- or business-class cabin; customers in Premium Economy; other travelers booked in the same reservation as the eligible customer; and customers traveling on military fares (including spouses and immediate family).”