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Comparing Baggage Fees

The airline baggage fees listed here apply to passengers in the lowest fare class on flights within the continental U.S. They are often waived for passengers in higher fare classes, frequent fliers who have reached a certain status in an airline's loyalty program, customers who book with an airline-affiliated credit card, and active-duty military. Passengers with round-trip tickets must pay each way. Exceptions are generally made for strollers and child seats, mobility aids, and service animals. Oversize bags are measured in linear inches (length + width + height). Additional airline baggage fees may apply to sporting equipment and other specialized items.
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Carry-On Bag
1st Checked Bag
2nd Checked Bag
Excess Baggage
Overweight Baggage
Oversize Baggage
Pets
AirTran
$0
$25
$35
$75
$75 (51-100 lbs.)
$75 (63+ in.)
$95 in cabin only
Alaska
$0
$25
$25
$75 for each additional
$50 (51-100 lbs.)
$50 (63-80 in.); $75 (81-115 in.)
$100
Allegiant
$10-$35/segment in advance; $35-$75/segment at airport
$15-$35/segment in advance; $50 or $75/segment at airport
$15-$35/segment in advance; $50 or $75/segment at airport
$50/segment in advance; $100/segment at airport
$50 (41-70 lbs.); $75 (71-100 lbs.)
$75 (81+ in.); $50-$75 for personal item (>7x15x16 in.) or carry-on (>9x14x22 in.)
$100/segment in cabin only
American
$0
$25
$35
$150
$100 (51-70 lbs.); $200 (71-100 lbs.)
$200 (63+ in.)
$125 in cabin; $175 checked
Delta
$0
$25
$35
$125 for 3rd, $200 for each additional
$100 (51-70 lbs.); $200 (71-100 lbs.)
$200 (63-80 in.)
$125 in cabin; $200 in cargo
Frontier
$25 with FlyFrontier.com booking, $35-$100 otherwise
$20 online, $25 at airport
$30
$75
$75 (51-100 lbs.)
$75 (63+ in.)
$75 with Frontier booking; in cabin only
JetBlue
$0
$0
$40
$75
$50 (51-70 lbs.); $100 (71-99 lbs.)
$75 (63-80 in.)
$100 in cabin only
Southwest
$0
$0
$0
$75
$75 (51-100 lbs.)
$75 (63-80 in.)
$95 in cabin only
Spirit
$35-$100**
$30-$100**
$40-$100**
$85-$100**
$25 (41-50 lbs.); $50 (51-70 lbs.); $100 (71-99 lbs.)
$100 (63-80 in.); $150 (81+ in.)
$100 in cabin only
United
$0
$25
$35
$100
$100 (51-70 lbs.); $200 (71-100 lbs.)
$100 (63-115 in.)
$125 in cabin; $75 and up in cargo, depending on weight
US Airways
$0
$25
$35
$150 for 3rd; $200 for each additional
$100 (51-70 lbs.); $200 (71-100 lbs.)
$200 (62-80 in.)
$125 in cabin only
Virgin America
$0
$25
$25
$25
$50 (51-70 lbs.); $100 (71-100 lbs.)
$75 (63 to 80 in.)
$100/segment in cabin only

* Depending on whether you pay during online booking (lowest fee), during online check-in, through reservation center, at airport counter/kiosk, or at gate.

by Louis DeNicola (Google+ Profile)

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