Baggage policy changes in major airlines

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The following carriers have made changes to their checked baggage policies.

Air Canada

  • Effective for tickets issued on or after May 15 for travel on or after July 15, 2008.
  • Under the new policy, customers who purchase tickets on Air Canada which carry a cancellation penalty, may check one bag at no charge and a second bag for a $25 service fee.
  • The fees are assessed each way and may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • This policy applies for travel within Canada and between Canada and continental U.S. including Hawaii.

Click here to visit the Air Canada website for complete details. 

AirTran Airways

  • The new baggage rules are effective from May 15, 2008.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $10 USD fee if paid through AirTran Airways’ Online Check-in or $20 if paid at the airport, then $50 USD per bag thereafter.
  • The fees are assessed each way and may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • Military personnel may check one duffel/sea bag in place of a 61-inch bag.

Click here to visit AirTran Airways website for complete details.

American Airlines

  • Effective for tickets purchased on or after May 12 for travel on or after May 12, 2008.
  • This policy applies for travel within the U.S. the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.

Click here to visit American Airlines website for complete details.

Continental Airlines

  • Effective for certain Economy fare tickets that were purchased on or after April 5 for travel on or after May 5, 2008.
  • This policy applies to travel within the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • However, OnePass Elite members, SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus members, Tickets issued on Y class of service, Continental Airlines Presidential Plus credit card holders and active military traveling on orders are NOT IMPACTED by this policy change.

Click here to visit Continental Airlines website for complete details.

Delta Airlines 

  • Delta has announced a new checked baggage policy for domestic tickets traveling on or after May 1, 2008.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • The fee will be charged to passengers if their itinerary includes segments after May 1 regardless of when the tickets were purchased.
  • SkyMiles Elite, and First/Business Class passengers are NOT IMPACTED by this policy change.

Click here to visit Delta website for complete details.

JetBlue Airlines

  • This new policy applies to customers traveling on/after June 1, 2008.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $20 USD fee ($40 USD round-trip). Subsequent bags will be assessed at $50 USD per bag.
  • The fees may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of each baggage.

Click here to visit JetBlue website for complete details.
Northwest Airlines

  • Northwest Airlines has announced a new checked baggage policy for those traveling within North America.
  • This policy applies to tickets issued on/after March 29 for travel within North America on/after May 5.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). For customers checking in three or more bags, the carrier will assess a fee of $100 per bag each-way.
  • The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • Silver, Gold and Platinum WorldPerks® Elite customers, SkyTeam Elite customers, and those booked in first or full fare classes (Y or B) will NOT BE IMPACTED by this policy change.

Click here to visit Northwest Airlines website for complete details.

United Airlines

  • United has announced a new checked baggage policy for nonrefundable domestic economy tickets that were purchased on or after February 4 for travel on or after May 5, 2008.
  • This policy applies to travel within the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • Customers with Mileage Plus Premier status or greater, Star Alliance Silver status or greater, government fares, military fares, standard Award Tickets, first and business class award tickets, or first and business class upgrades granted prior to check-in are not impacted by this policy change.

Click here to visit United website for complete details.


US Airways

  • US Airways has announced a new baggage policy for tickets purchased on or after February 26 for travel on or after May 5, 2008.
  • The new policy applies to all flights within the United States, to/from Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.
  • Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.
  • Dividend Miles Preferred members (Silver, Gold, Platinum and Chairman’s Preferred), confirmed First Class and Envoy passengers (at time of check-in), Star Alliance Silver and Gold status members, active military personnel in uniform with ID, unaccompanied minors, or passengers checking personal assistive devices are not impacted by this change.

Click here to visit U.S. Airways website for complete details.

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