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Airlines collected $3.4B in bag fees in 2010

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  1. Gainzo

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    Obviously this isn't a political post but the amount of extra fees has exploded over the last 5 or so years.

    Airlines collected $3.4B in bag fees in 2010 - Boston.com
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    don't take your damn wardrobe on a 2-3 week vacation.... I bet ppl overpack even for 1 nvm multiple. I have no pity
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    What about families headed to Disney World? What about some airlines charging for carry on bags?

    If you travel without any luggage you are subject to the full TSA treatment.
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    As long as they're clear about what the fees are, I don't see the problem. This is one regulation that is good, at least on its face -- it provides consumers with information they need to make their decisions.

    It's when you get hit for a fee by surprise that the customer is getting screwed over.

    Meanwhile, these fees have created an entire ad campaign by Southwest.
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    Correct on both counts. I can imagine Joe family guy booking a flight on delta.com for a trip to Disney World then getting hit for $200+ in fees when he checks in.

    Southwest has always been profitable by being honest with what they charge. It also helps that you can only purchase fares from them.
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    You think it's bad what they charge families - look what they did to our soldiers!!

    Delta Airlines charged members of aU.S. Army unit returning from service in Afghanistan through BWI Marshall Airport more than $2,800 in additional baggage fees, according to a video testimonial shared viaYouTube.

    The troops say their travel orders permitted them to bring up to four bags. According to Delta's statement on the military baggage fees, coach passengers can bring only three for free, although those in first or business class may have four. Each bag can also weigh an additional 20 pounds over the standard allowance.

    Each additional bag required a $200 fee, one staff sergeant said.


    Soldiers returning through BWI decry Delta baggage fees - baltimoresun.com

    The service men made a video and when it went viral the airlines suddenly apologized and "changed their policy."

    Gosh - nice of them, wasn't it?
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    It's basically another way to bait and switch customers. You can advertise a $99 fare from Logan to Vegas and then once you sucker the consumer in, hit them with $75 worth of fees so they end up paying about twice the advertised rate.

    Let the buyer beware.

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