Airlines Lower Bag Fees, Others Hold Firm and Outrage Continues

Some Good News on Bag Fees

Good news from at least one front in the airline fee war: Frontier Airlines has rather quietly lowered a bag fee. Now don’t get too excited, because it’s not a fee that many of us actually use, but I think we’ll take what we can get.

And what we can get is this: Frontier Airlines has lowered its fee for a second checked-bag, from $30 to $20.

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But, as I said, how many times do you check a second bag? Actually, I have – and on Frontier, as it happens (I was flying with a child going away to college, and we each had two checked-bags, plus carryons). I could have saved 40 bucks roundtrip had the new policy been in effect, and that’s nothing to sneeze at.

Midwest Lowers a Bag Fee, Too

By the way, Midwest Airlines – which will be folded into Frontier next year, by parent company Republic – has also lowered its second checked-bag fee to $20 – so there are two bright spots in the world of ever-rising fees.

Just don’t overstuff those checked-bags, or you’ll pay $75 on Frontier and Midwest, in addition to the checked-bag fee (and some of the other airlines charge much more for overweight and oversized bags).

No Need for Outrage

We’ve been hearing more and more about “outrage” over airline fees – but maybe it’s time for all of us to take a deep breath, and consider our options. For one thing, airline fees are here and they’re not going away – but they are optional.

That’s right. Use a carryon and save. I did. And FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney showed us the way by using a carryon during a ten day trip to Europe. I don’t know if I’m brave enough to do that (or, energetic enough to do all that hand-washing), but the choice is yours. And remember, for all that talk about pay toilets on planes, no one’s gone there. Yet. Tell us what you think.

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Published: September 21, 2010