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American Airlines Announces New Fee

Checking a First Bag on Your Flight Will Cost You

Of all the fee increases that airlines have imposed during the past couple months — like United's fee increase to change your ticket, most domestic airlines charging extra to check a second bag, US Airways requiring extra payment if you want an aisle or window seat, and all of the smaller details that can add up — this most recent announcement gets me more red in the face than the others. For someone who usually keeps her cool, that's saying a lot! To find out the details on the travel news that has me all fired up just

On May 5 most domestic airlines instituted their new fee policies for checking a second bag, and American Airlines announced another new policy just yesterday. If you plan on packing more than a carry-on and are flying AA, plan on paying $15 for your first checked bag as of June 15. It will also raise fees for services like reservation help and bags. The only exemptions to the first-bag fee will be those passengers belonging to elite levels of its frequent flyer program, full-fare tickets purchasers, and overseas travelers. As with most airline fee hikes, others will likely follow the example of AA and United has already indicated they're considering making this move. What's next? Charging for using the in-flight bathroom?


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