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American Airlines hikes domestic baggage fees

By Sheetal Sukhija, Dubai News
21 Sep 2018, 23:54 GMT+10

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Following several major U.S. carriers, American Airlines Group announced on Thursday that it would raise its domestic baggage fees by $5.

Citing higher fuel costs, American Airlines Group has said that it would raise domestic U.S. baggage fees - a move that is set to go into effect on September 30.

According to the company's announcement, it is raising the price of a first checked bag by $5 to $30 and the second bag to $40.

This is the company's first price increase since 2010 and comes as several other carriers in the U.S., including Delta Airlines Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and JetBlue Airways Inc, have already hiked their baggage fees in recent months.

The airline said in its announcement that the increase in the baggage fee will be effective for tickets bought beginning September 21 for travel in the U.S. and other North America and Caribbean destinations.

The move also comes as Congress considers whether to require the U.S. Transportation Department to assess if airline baggage and ticket change fees are reasonable and proportional.

U.S. airlines have raised concerns related to rising costs and high fuel prices, along with salaries and benefits of pilots, flight attendants and mechanics rising - which have together pushed up operating expenses.

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