Airlines rake in the fees to boost profits

by Efficient Traveler on December 14, 2010

According to the Department of Transportation, the nation’s top airlines took in $2.56 billion in baggage during the first nine months of the year. NBC featured a story on the Nightly News about these new fees.

The USA Today reported that airlines took in $4.3 billion in fees. Delta took in more than $1.26 billion combined in bag and change fees through the end of the third quarter. Next was United Continental at $922 million, which is actually a larger carrier than Delta. American was third, with $784 million collected in bag and change fees trough the end of the third quarter.

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