American Airlines announced new baggage fees and other charges Wednesday. Specific rules regarding the new fees can be found at American's website at www.aa.com.
When do the new and higher fees take effect?
The $15 fee for the first checked bag will take effect June 15, but American began imposing other new charges, such as for reservation help and pet handling, Wednesday.
Why is American raising and adding fees?
The airline says the fees are necessary to recover the cost of escalating oil prices, which have tripled its fuel expenses from about 13% of revenue in 2000 to 36% of revenue in the first quarter of this year.
How will passengers pay the new luggage check-in fee?
When booking a ticket or at the check-in counter.