airline baggage fees

Travelers spent $4.6 billion checking their bags with US airlines last year

$4.6 billion

American travelers paid US airlines a record-breaking $4.6 billion to check their bags in 2017, according to the Department of Transportation.

Published   |  Photo by Reuters/Michaela Rehle
airline baggage fees
$4.6 billion

Baggage fee revenue of US airlines from 2007 to 2017

airline baggage fees
$4.6 billion

Though the amount increased compared to the year before, the pace of growth is slowing down, so more people might be wising up and packing light.

airline baggage fees
$4.6 billion

Baggage fee revenue of US airlines in 2017

airline baggage fees
$4.6 billion

In order to sell costlier “free checked bag” tickets, US airlines are increasing the number of fees, and charging to check bags even on international flights.

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