Know the Airline Baggage and Seat Fees for the Major U.S. Airlines Before You Book a Flight

Know the Airline Baggage and Seat Fees for the Major U.S. Airlines Before You Book a Flight

Because flying wasn’t quite unpleasant or expensive enough, four major domestic airlines have increased their checked bag fee in 2018, including American, Delta, JetBlue and United.

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While the exact prices often vary by destination, when you add amenities (for example, some carriers will charge more if you don’t reserve your seat or add a bag during the online check-out process), the different tier of flying classes and, in the case of baggage, weight, deciphering all of the fees you’re going to pay can be difficult. And it might become even more confusing—MarketWatch reports that Congress is considering repealing the the so-called “full fare” advertising rule, which “requires a carrier to quote a ticket price that includes all taxes and fees.”

With that in mind, here are some of the general fees charged by each of the major U.S. carriers:

Alaska Airlines

  • Alcohol: $7.50 for beer, $7.50 to $8.50 for wine
  • Carry on: Free
  • Checked bag: $25 for first, $25 for second
  • Seat Reservation: Starts at $15 for more legroom, $29 for first-class upgrade

American Airlines

  • Alcohol: American just increased prices for beer (to $8), wine ($9) and liquor($9) by $1 for Main Cabin and Basic Economy ticket holders.
  • Carry on: Free 
  • Checked bag: $30 for first, $40 for second. Premium economy and business class ticket holders can check two bags for free; those in first on a three-class aircraft can check three bags with no charge.
  • Checked bag transatlantic flight: $60
  • Seat Reservation: Preferred Seats: $4 to $139, Main Cabin Extra: $20 to $280

Delta Airlines

  • Alcohol: $6 to $8 for beer and wine on domestic flights, free on some international flights
  • Carry on: Free
  • Checked bag: $30 for first, $40 for second. First class, Delta Premium Select and Delta One passengers get two free checked bags on every flight.
  • Checked bag transatlantic flight: $60
  • Seat Reservation: Price varies by trip and ticket status

JetBlue

  • Alcohol: $7 for beer, wine and spirits on most flights
  • Carry on: Free
  • Checked bag: $30 for first, $40 for second for Blue ticket holders (for flights purchased after August 27, 2018); free checked bag if you upgrade to Blue Plus for around $25
  • Seat Reservation: Starts at $10 for more leg room

Southwest

  • Alcohol: Southwest also raised its booze prices in 2018, though they’re still cheaper than most other airlines: Beer, wine and spirits all range from $6 to $7
  • Carry on: Free
  • Checked bag: Two free checked bags per ticket holder allowed
  • Seat Reservation: You aren’t assigned seats on Southwest. However, you can check in early in order to get a better boarding number and snag a good seat for $15 to $25, depending on the length of the route.

Spirit Airlines

  • Carry on: Free small personal item, then around $20 to $40 for a carry on, depending on the length of your trip and where you’re traveling to.
  • Checked bag: Again it depends how long your flight is. You can check here. Spirit also tacks on additional fees for carry ons and checked bags if you don’t pay for them while booking your flight but add on later.
  • Seat Reservation: Starts at $5, usually around $30 or $40
  • $9 Fare Club: Members of the $9 Fare Club may get better deals ($26 for a carry on during the online reservation process), but it costs $59.95 for the first year, and then $69.95 after that. You must cancel before the expiration date or your membership will be automatically renewed; membership is nonrefundable.

United Airlines

  • Alcohol: $7.99 for beer, wine and most liquor
  • Carry on: Free, unless you are Basic Economy, in which case your carry on will be checked at the gate for the standard checked bag fee (below) plus $25
  • Checked bag: $30 for first, $40 for second
  • Seat Reservation: Free except for Basic Economy customers

Having an airline-branded credit card or another travel card may help you avoid some of the fees, if there’s an airline you use more than the others. Beyond that, unless you’re flying Southwest, you’re likely going to pay for just about any service. Services like Kayak and Google Flights are trying to include projected fees in the prices they display, but your best bet is still to check on the airline’s site before you book your flight.

 

 

 

Source:- lifehacker

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