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The Checked Baggage Fee Hikes Begin for This Fall

July 15, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been a little bit of time since we heard any news regarding checked bagged fees, which is good thing really. Alas, Alaska Airlines is in the news this week to disrupt the brief peace, as the carrier recently announced that they’re raising fees. Thankfully nothing is too crazy or out of line, but that’s assuming that you’ve already rolled over and accepted the whole paying for your luggage thing.

For tickets booked after October 30, most baggage fees are going up by $5. The first and second checked bags fees will rise to $25 per bag from $20, but after that things get a little pricier. Bag number three will cost you $75 and that will also be the case for bag number four. We’re just hoping that you’re able to cram everything into bags one and two before you get to those more expensive checked baggage options.

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Spirit Airlines is Kinda Torn Over Their Own New $100 Fee

October 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've been trying to figure out the best way to cover this news, about how Spirit Airlines is going to start charging passengers $100 each when they pay for check-in luggage at the gate. Originally we were just going to post the word "douchebags" as a link to the story, because brevity is the soul of wit and because it's fucking true.

But then we would have missed the chance to talk about the gratingly obnoxious press release that the airline issued to announce the new fee. Want to guess what they titled it?

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Confirmed: New Spirit Airlines Fees are Deeply Hateable

May 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airline industry watchers awoke Thursday to a Fox News story about the latest Spirit Airlines clusterfark, wherein the airline is refusing to refund the $197 ticket of a dying Vietnam vet who was banned by his doctor from flying. The mess involves typically grating behavior from the deeply obnoxious airline, so that's not what was notable about the writeup.

Instead what got people's attention was that Kate Hanni, executive director of Flyers Rights, has apparently chosen to inject herself into the controversy and to start throwing around language about "meat in a seat" and "history of cruelty." This is... disconcerting.

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How Ryanair is Single-Handedly Ruining the Livelihoods of Musicians

April 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ryanair, the most hated European budget airline, is known for advertising low fares and then hiking up the actual cost with fees for luggage, food, and priority boarding. Most Ryanair passengers know what to expect when traveling on the airline, but the company recently made some of their most faithful customers angry: musicians.

Many musicians, particularly those based in Ireland (Ryanair's home country), rely on the airline to get them to the continent when they're playing gigs or going on tour. However, new fees for musical instruments have made the cost of flying so expensive that musicians are struggling to afford it, and are even forced to turn down gigs.

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Whoa. An Airline is Actually Lowering Checked Baggage Fees

February 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh wow. Get this: an airline is actually lowering checked baggage fees on both short- and long-haul routes. Are pigs flying? Did hell freeze over? We mean—for any airline to ask for less money is pretty out of this world. Alas, it's Kuala Lumpur-based low-cost carrier Air Asia doing the deal, taking fees 5 to 30 MYR (Malaysian ringgit) down from what they were, based on what exactly you're checking (see full graph of fees below).

This is good news of course, but even better news is that Air Asia aren't the first to do something like this in recent months. Actually it was Frontier Airlines who began what is hopefully a trend, when they dropped both baggage and change fees $5 here and there in May 2011.

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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 | Comments (0)

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.

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Thought You'd Never Loathe An Airline More Than Ryanair? Meet Royal Brunei

August 15, 2011 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (4)


No wonder the baggage handlers have nothing to do

If, like us, you’re, ahem, not one of those pack lightly types, then you’ll know the little shrinking feeling you get in your stomach when you need to pack a suitcase. In fact, you’re probably so prone to going over the limit that you can tell at one lift whether a case weighs in at under 50lb, and your storage space is crammed with cheap Walmart holdalls bought when you got just one too many BBQ sauces/Elvis clocks/random bags of Egyptian tea.

As a sufferer of this affliction, you already fly JetBlue or Southwest over the legacy carriers. You know BA often works out than Ryanair when across the pond. You know when it’s worth attempting the crouch of shame, and when to admit defeat.

So it’s for you people that we’re adding another airline to the no-fly list: Royal Brunei.

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Frontier's Airline Fees Are Actually Going Down Instead of Up

May 2, 2011 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pretty much anytime that we mention "airline" and "fee" in the same sentence, it’s for something bad. Surprisingly, however, Frontier Airlines has made a change to its fees that will make a lot of potential passengers pretty pleased.

Change fees have now dropped to just $50 which is a lot less than some other major carriers, and if you purchase one of their fancier fares you won’t even have to worry about a change fee. They’re also allowing name changes on existing tickets—which is usually a definite no on pretty much all airlines—but there’s a catch. There’s a $50 fee to do so, and you’ll need to pay a fare difference based on the current price on the day of the change.

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Get Your Luggage Late and Uncle Sam May Refund the Baggage Fee

April 19, 2011 at 8:34 AM | by | Comment (1)

At this point we’re all pretty much accustomed to those pesky airline baggage fees, but that doesn't me we have to accept them. In the past, Uncle Sam has wanted to stick his nose into airline business regarding these charges, but it looks like the latest idea might actually be something that we can totally support.

The Department of Transportation isn’t really complaining about airline baggage fees—although deep down we sure they hate them too—but they are sick of the fees when your baggage doesn’t even arrive as promised. They’re proposing that the airlines refund your baggage fee if your roller, duffel, or steamer trunk doesn’t arrive at the baggage belt when you do.

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All the Airline Baggage Fees You Need to Know for Spring Travel to Europe

April 18, 2011 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Going somewhere this spring or summer? Europe, maybe? If you or someone you know has a transatlantic flight or two in their future, then there's one super helpful guide you need to bookmark: EuroCheapo's Guide to Airline Baggage Fees on Flights to Europe. It's simple, it's brilliant and—better yet—it was just updated.

You can see a small snippet of the chart above, but trust that it covers everything from IcelandAir's first-two-bags-free policy to Continental's outrageous $200 extra charge for an overweight bag. Thanks to this chart, you'll be better able to plan when it's worth it to wear triple layers of souvenir T-shirts to avoid crazy fees.

See the complete EuroCheapo Guide to Europe-bound Baggage Fees RIGHT HERE.

[Excerpt image: Eurocheapo]

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Spirit Airlines Raises Baggage Fees Again, Screws Over Passengers

March 30, 2011 at 10:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

What does a little last-minute packing mean to you? Maybe a forgotten toothbrush, or that you have to call a cab versus taking public transportation to the airport. For Spirit Airlines, your last-minute packing means dollar signs in their eyes, because they've just upped their baggage fees.

According to CNN, Spirit will now charge extra for those who wait to pay for their checked or carry-on luggage until within 24 hours of departure. If your within 24 hours of your flight and you go online to Spirit's website to pay, it'll be an extra $5. If you freak out and call Spirit on the phone to pay, it's an extra $10. Here's the complete chart of what's owed when, if you're flying Spirit with anything more than a little purse:

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Hipmunk Turns the History of Baggage Fees into an Infographic

March 24, 2011 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (0)


This is the only tippy top of it

Holy crap. You know that little chipmunk mascot that likely keeps drawing you back and back again to search flights and hotels on Hipmunk.com? Well, that anime-cute rodent has been doing some serious number-crunching behind the scenes, and Hipmunk has released a beautiful, want-to-lick-it lovely infographic that easily educates the traveler on the history of evil, evil Baggage Fees.

The infographic is quite long, covering all the major soap opera-like drama that's gone down with airlines and oil prices and whatnot since 2000. There's a few "Hip Tips" for getting around baggage fees, and we especially love the shark feeding frenzy graphic about half-way down. Finally, they make us frightened for the coming of space travel. SEE THE WHOLE THING HERE.

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