AirAsia Bucks Trend, Lowers Bag Fees on Domestic, International Flights

This is news: one airline is actually lowering its bag fees.

The word began to spread this morning on Malaysia-based AirAsia’s Facebook page – that the carrier was lowering checked-baggage fees for international and domestic flights.

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AirAsia Bag Fees, Old and New

A sampling of some of its fee changes, and note that prices of fees shown are approximate, based on current conversion rates of Malaysian Ringgit to U.S. dollars.

Bags weighing 15kg or 33 pounds:

  • Fee change on domestic flights drops from $8.25 to $6.60
  • Fee change on international flights drops from $11.50 to $9.90

Bags weighing 20kg or 44 pounds:

  • Fee change on domestic flights drops from $9.90 to $8.25
  • Fee change on international flights drops from $13.30 to $11.50

AirAsia X, the long-haul discount sister carrier of AirAsia, has also dropped prices on some of its bag fees categories.

For the record, AirAsia flies to 20 countries – mostly in Asia – but also to destination in Australia and Europe.

U.S. Carriers Added Bag Fees in 2008

Bag fees became an irritant for U.S. travelers when airlines began introducing a first checked-bag fee back in 2008. American Airlines started this particular trend among legacy carriers in May of that year when it imposed a $15 for a first-checked bag.

The charge has since risen to $25, and that’s the direction most fees have been heading although Frontier did lower its fee for a second checked-bag last year.

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Published: February 22, 2012