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Airline Fees to Avoid

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With fewer departures and downsized crews, many U.S. airlines are struggling to make a profit. As a result, they've begun charging coach passengers for services that were once free. In fact, with so many new fees and service charges to keep track of, it's no surprise that many travelers have been left scratching their heads. Below we've created a check list of hidden airline fees every traveler should keep in mind when booking a flight.

Baggage fees

 
American Airlines
AirTran
Continental
Delta
JetBlue
Southwest
Spirit
United
US Airways
Virgin America
1st Bag
$15
Free
$15
Free
Free
Free
$15 (online)
$25
(@airport)
$15
$15
Free
2nd Bag
$25
$10 (online)
$20 @airport¹
$25
$50
$20
Free
$25
$25
$25
$25
Additional Bags
$100
(3-5 bags)
$200
(6+ bags)
$50
$100
$125
(3 bags)
$200
(4-10 bags)
$75²
$25
$50
(4-9 bags)
$110
(10+ bags)
$100
$125
$250
(7+bags)
$100
$50
Carry On
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
¹ Effective 9/18, the charge for a second checked bag will be $25.
² Bags over the weight and size limit will be charged 3x

Seat preference fees

 
American Airlines
AirTran
Continental
Delta
JetBlue
Southwest
Spirit
United
US Airways
Virgin America
Seats
None
$6
(choosing your own seat)
$20
(Exit Row)
None
None
$10 ("legroom" seats)
None
$15
(exit row)
$10 (aisle)
$5 (middle)
from $14-$109
$5
Pricing N/A

Pet fees

 
American Airlines
AirTran
Continental
Delta
JetBlue
Southwest
Spirit
United
US Airways
Virgin America
In Cabin/Cargo
$100 / $150
$69 / NA
$125 /
from $68
$150 / $275
$100 / NA
Animals not allowed
Pricing N/A
$125 / from $125
$100 / NA
$100 / NA

In-flight amenities

 
American Airlines
AirTran
Continental
Delta
JetBlue
Southwest
Spirit
United
US Airways
Virgin America
Snacks / Beverages
For sale /
Included
None / Included
Included
For sale /
Included
Free
Free
For sale /for sale
For sale /
Included
For sale /
Included
For sale/
Included
Pillows & Blankets
Included
Included
Included
Included
$7
Included
Included
Included
Included
Included

Louis Ramirez is dealnews' Features editor.

Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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