JetBlue hikes checked baggage fees -- first bag hits $30

Kenny Grant
August 29, 2018

"This is the first change since 2014 and will help offset overall increasing costs and keep overall ticket prices competitive", Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur wrote in an email.

Both airlines say the increase is being introduced to counteract the rising cost of fuel and other costs.

Quickly on the heels of US -airline Jet Blue Airways, Canada's two largest airlines are charging more - the first bag will increase by $5 and the second by nearly 70 per cent from $30 to $50.

West Jet's increase will come into place on October 1 for all domestic and worldwide flights.

At the same time, JetBlue announced an increase in the fee for oversized items from $100 per bag to $150 per bag.

She said its fares and fees allow passengers to pay for services that matter most to them.

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JetBlue was a latecomer to checked bag fees, which became the norm in the airline industry in 2008.

Furthermore, the fee to change or cancel a flight worth more than $200 has increased from $150 to $200, plus the difference in fare, according to the website.

Signature and Business Class customers continue to receive an allowance of two checked bags, and military personnel (with identification) up to three checked bags, regardless of destination.

Porter Airlines says its fees aren't changing. Southwest Airlines the only large USA airline that doesn't charge for a single checked suitcase.

Air Canada earned more than $1billion from these payments a year ago, with WestJet earning $440 million.

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