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US Airways raises transatlantic bag fees; an Olympics coincidence?

July 16, 2012|By Hugo Martin
  • US Airways employee Chandra Flanagan loads baggage onto a cart at Augusta Regional Airport in Georgia.
US Airways employee Chandra Flanagan loads baggage onto a cart at Augusta… ( Associated Press )

Just in time for travel to the summer Olympics in London, US Airways has increased bag fees for transatlantic passengers.

The Tempe, Ariz.-based airline increased the fee for a second checked bag to $100 from $70 for tickets purchased on or after July 11 or for flights departing on that date.

A US Airways spokeswoman said the fee was raised to match higher charges imposed by the airlines' competitors and had nothing to do with the upcoming Olympics.

"That's just a coincidence," said Liz Landau, a spokeswoman for US Airways.

Delta Air Lines and United Air Lines charge $100 for a second checked bag on flights from the U.S. to Europe. American Airlines charges $60 for a second checked bag for flights to Europe.

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Fee-driven Spirit Airlines will raise carry-on bag charge to $100

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