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That'll Cost You: What Airlines Are Charging For Drinks, Pets, and More

Purchasing your plane ticket gets the biggest traveling expense out of the way, but that total doesn't include anything you'd want to tack on to make your trip a happier experience. The Baltimore Sun gathered fee facts from domestic airlines and broke down charges for everything from beverages to pets.

  • Beverages: Monster Energy drinks - $3 (Southwest Airlines); VitaminWater drinks - free (AirTran); $3 (Delta Air Lines); Beer, wine and alcoholic cocktails - $4 (Southwest Airlines); $5 (Delta, United, US Airways, American Airlines) $6 (AirTran Airways)
  • Meals: Snack boxes and sandwiches range from $3-$8 (Delta, United, US Airways, American); Continental Airlines is the sole major U.S. carrier to still offer complimentary snacks (2+ hour flights) and meals (3+ hour flights); No sandwiches or meals available on Southwest or AirTran
  • Checking Bags: Second bag - $10 (AirTran); $25 (American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United and US Airways); Southwest charges starting with third bag - $25
  • Seat Assignments: Exit row extra legroom - $20 (AirTran); $5 to $35 (Northwest Airlines); Window, aisle seats in front of plane - $5 to $30 (US Airways); Reserving seat number in advance online - $6 (AirTran); Business Select early boarding - $10 to $30 more than highest fare (Southwest)
    • Find out how much airlines are charging for other privileges when you


      • Unaccompanied children (nonstop flights): $100 (Delta, US Airways); $99 (United); $75 (American, Continental); $75-$120 (Northwest); $39 (AirTran); free (Southwest)
      • Curbside Check-in: $3 per bag (Delta); $2 per bag (Delta, United, US Airways, American, Northwest); Free (Southwest and AirTran)
      • Headphones: $5 (US Airways); Free on United, AirTran; No in-flight entertainment (Southwest)
      • Pets: $65 one-way for small pets in a carrier that fits under the seat (AirTran); $100 for small pets in cabin to North American locations (Delta, US Airways and United); $95 (Continental); $80 (American, Northwest); Southwest doesn't allow pets to be brought on-board or stored as cargo


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