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United hikes baggage fee for some international flights

June 08, 2012|By Hugo Martin
  • United Airlines passengers wait to board at Chicago O'Hare. The airline recently raised its fees for a second checked bag on certain international flights.
United Airlines passengers wait to board at Chicago O'Hare. The airline… (Tim Boyle/ Bloomberg News…)

If you're planning to fly abroad this summer, pack light or prepare to pay up.

United Air Lines has joined Delta Air Lines in charging $100 for a second checked bag on certain international flights.

The higher checked bag charge took effect June 1 and applies to flights from the U.S. to Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East and come countries in South America. The list of frees can be found on the United Air Lines baggage fee page.

United had previously charged $70 for a second checked bag. Delta increased its second bag fee to $100 in January, up from its previous charge of $75.

In the past four years, baggage fees have become a significant source of revenue for airlines. In 2011, United collected about $277 million in bag fees, compared with $313 million in the previous year, according to federal statistics.

Delta led the nation's airlines in baggage fee revenue, collecting $864 million in 2011, down from $952 million in the previous year, according to federal statistics.

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