JetBlue Adds Bag Fee to Cheapest Flights

We saw this coming. JetBlue has added a first-checked bag fee to the cheapest of its new fare options. Here’s how it works.

LISTEN: As Rick Seaney says, “And then there was one.”

JetBlue: $20 Checked-Bag Fee

If you book the cheapest JetBlue flight possible – a fare option called Blue – you will pay $20 each-way for a first checked-bag at check-in or at an airport kiosk. If you pay at a JetBlue counter in the airport, the fee rises to $25.

Here are JetBlue’s four new fare options. Bottom line: pay more, get more.

Blue

  • Free carry-on
  • First checked-bag for $20-$25
  • Second checked-bag for $35
  • Change fee from $70-$135.

Blue Plus

  • Free carry-on
  • Free checked-bag
  • Second checked-bag for $35
  • Change fee from $60-$120.

Blue Flex

  • Free carry-on
  • Two free checked-bags
  • No change fee.

Mint (Business Class)

  • Free carry-on
  • Two free-checked bags
  • Change fee from $75-$150

Source: JetBlue

It appears the new baggage fee and other changes go into effect on all JetBlue flights booked from this point forward. More information.

Note: If the changed fare options look unusual, JetBlue is not the first carrier to do this: Delta’s tiered-fare system went into effect earlier this year.

Last Free Bags Airline

Southwest is now the only major U.S. carrier left that gives passengers free checked-bags on every flight. Tip: Now, more than ever, it can pay to compare fees and especially to compare fares.

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Updated: July 3, 2015