US Airways hikes baggage fees up to 80 percent

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US Airways hikes baggage fees up to 80 percent

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US Airways hikes baggage fees up to 80 percent
by Dawn Gilbertson
Feb. 7, 2011

US Airways passengers with a propensity to overpack face significantly higher fees beginning next month.

The Tempe-based airline on March 1 will start charging more for overweight, oversized and extra bags, fees that sneak up on many infrequent fliers.

Bags that exceed the airline's 50-pound weight allowance will now cost an extra $90-$175 each way on top of the standard checked bag fees.

The $90 fee applies to bags that weigh between 51 and 70 pounds, the $175 fee to bags between 71 and 100 pounds.

US Airways' current overweight bag fees are $50 and $100, for increases of 80 and 75 percent, respectively.

The airline's charge for oversized bags - those measuring between 62 and 80 linear inches - is also jumping from $100 to $175 each way.

The fee to check more than two bags will increase to $125 per additional bag, from $100.

US Airways' standard baggage fees - the charges that impact the most travelers - will remain at $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second.

The airline did not publicize the fee changes but did detail the new fees on its website. They will apply to passengers who bought their tickets on or after Feb. 1. Others will pay the lower fees. The new fees are for travelers flying within the United States and to Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline's most frequent fliers and those in first-class, among others, are exempt.

US Airways isn't the only one tinkering with its baggage fees.

Spirit Airlines, which does not serve Phoenix, this month began charging $25 for bags that weigh between 41 and 50 pounds. Its previous weight allowance was 50 pounds. Last year, the discount airline famously began charging a fee for carry-on baggage.

A US Airways spokesman said its changes make the airline competitive with other major hub-and-spoke airlines.

In a couple of categories, US Airways will now stand alone with Delta Air Lines in charging the highest baggage fees.

They are the only two major airlines with a $175 charge for extremely overweight bags and oversized bags.

They are also the only two who charge $125 for the third checked bag. US Airways' fee stays at that level, per bag, up to nine bags, while Delta's fee jumps to $200 per bag for four bags and above.

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