United Airlines is adding an extra $5 charge for travellers who pay their baggage fee at the airport instead of online. The move matches a change announced by US Airways last month.
Travellers have generally paid $15 to check their first bag on United and $25 for the second bag. But for tickets bought after Thursday for travel beginning June 10, they’ll pay $5 more to settle those charges at the airport rather than on United’s Web site.
As per the information available, United, a unit of Chicago-based UAL Corp., collected $259 million in add-on fees like baggage charges during the first quarter. Phoenix-based US Airways, a code-share partner of United's and a fellow member in the Star Alliance, plans to roll out the higher fees from July 9.
The 21 largest U.S. carriers generated $1.2 billion in baggage fees in 2008, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Source: Eye for Travel