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Air Canada Adds First Bag Fee for Flyers Between the US and Canada

September 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

At this point it seems like pretty much every carrier that could has already added a checked baggage fee, but there are a few more that haven’t yet betrayed global flyers. Remove Air Canada from that list, as it looks like they’re slapping flyers with a first checked bag fee as of October 11.

Our airline buddies north of the border will begin to charge $25 for the first checked bag for all tickets bought on or after September 7 for travel from Canada into the United States, and like we said, it’s for travel beginning October 11. If you’re checking two bags, things will at least remain the same, as it’s going to be $35 for the second bag.

Just in case you don’t have any scrap paper handy we’ll do the math for you—that’s $120 per person for a roundtrip flight when you check two bags like in the good ol’ days.

When Air Canada explained why they’re doing this, they pretty much said it was because everyone else was doing it. This excuse might not have worked with your parents, but it works for them and we’re not really surprised. Honestly, they’ve been missing out on the extra revenue that the competition has continued to collect over the last few weeks, months and years.

If you’re headed back and forth between Canada and the United States there are some other options if you just need to check a bag for free. WestJet and Porter Airlines are still allowing passengers to check one checked bag for free. If you’re not crossing any borders and are just staying in the nifty fifty, of course there are still free bag options on carriers like Southwest and JetBlue. Now more than ever, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a solid carry-on!

[Photo: BriYYZ]

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