Passenger airlines collect $931 million in baggage fees

by: Andrew Doud Updated:


A new government report says U.S. passenger airlines collected $931 million in baggage fees and another $661 million from reservation change fees.

The nine largest airlines posted $2.3 billion combined profit in the second quarter.

"I'm definitely going to stick with my carry-on baggage. I only check and pay for baggage when it's absolutely necessary or traveling for long periods of time," said frequent traveler Leeana Valkovschi.

Valkovschi does what she can to skirt checked baggage fees and pack as much as she can into her carry on.

"It's business, this is America.

This is a capitalist county and everybody is trying to make money and things of that nature trying to cover costs. I'm sure they have their reasons," said traveler Jamar Banks.

The average cost of checking a bag is $25 per bag.