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Alaska Airlines Will Check Your First Bag Free All This Month

January 5, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

Alaska Airlines, fresh off a Jaunty win in 2014, is starting the year off with quite the promotion. For the month of January, Alaska Airlines will check your first bag for free.

There’s a couple of asterisks on the terms and conditions page, but for the most part it seems pretty straightforward. It’s all to show off their love to their Mileage Plan members, so be sure to sign up and enter your digits prior to checking in for your flight.

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$102 for a Carry-On Bag? Watch Out for Spirit's Newest Holiday Fees

September 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | ()

A new baggage fee—yes another one—will hurt holiday season travelers this year, but only if you're flying notoriously fee-happy Spirit Airlines.

If you've booked or will book a flight on the budget airline after August 19. 2014 for travel between December 18, 2014 and January 5, 2015, be prepared to tack on $2 to each paid checked bag fee. They're calling it the "Temporary Holiday Bag Price Change," but we think it only hints at a proper permanent hike to come.

With the new $2 fee, carry-on bags (remember, Spirit charges for both carry-on and checked bags) will cost $37 each if purchased during booking, $47 during online check-in, $52 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. The first checked bag is actually a slightly better deal, charged at $32 each if purchased during booking, $42 during online check-in, $47 at the airport before security, and $102 at the gate. Overweight, oversize, extra bags, and their "$9 club" fees all differ, so check out their site for more, but remember to add the extra $2 on to each price.

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The Newest Airline with Checked Baggage Fees Goes North of the Border

Where: Canada
May 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | ()

Now and then we have shared some praise for the planes and people over at Porter Airlines, but today we’ve got a little bit of bad news. Plenty of the in-flight freebies and customer service are still there, but it looks like bringing that bag along is going to cost you—and it’s a first for carriers up in Canada.

Baggage fees have crossed the border, and Porter Airlines is the first carrier to start implementing them on routes within Canada. Domestic travelers will have to shell out $25 for the right to check their first bag, but fortunately it does look like carry-on bags will continue to be complimentary.

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Only Two US Airlines Still Offer a Free First Checked Bag

May 7, 2014 at 11:08 AM | by | ()

It's not the most pleasant travel topic, but baggage fees must be discussed as they effect almost every US traveler these days. More and more airlines have "gone over to the dark side" to charge for even the first checked bag, and a few (Spirit, Frontier, Allegiant) are asking passengers to pay up for carry-on luggage as well.

Even the typically chill Canadian airline Porter is having to hold their hand out for baggage fee collection, beginning May 14. So, is anyone still cool with complimentary luggage allowance in Economy? Thankfully, the answer is yes, but the pickings are slim.

The only US airlines still offering a free first checked bag are:

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The Checked Baggage Fee Hikes Begin for This Fall

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

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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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