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A refresher on baggage rules: Clip and save

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  July 22, 2008 12:08 PM

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I was in an airport in Sacramento earlier this month, getting ready to board a flight back here. And for those who have not traveled in a while, let me make this clear: The airlines are deadly serious about new baggage rules, including size and weight. We're talking both checked and carry-on.
While checking in, there was a woman in front of me who had been told that her suitcase was about 5 pounds over and her options were either to make it lighter or pony up about $80. So she popped it open right there and started pulling out a travel iron, knick-knacks, various articles of clothing (I leave this to your vivid imagination). And got the bag down to fighting weight.
Similarly, I saw a man trying to carry on a questionable-sized suitcase who was forced to check it (and pay for a second bag).
Anyway, the Washington Post, compiled this list of the current rules and if you are planning soon it might be worthwhile printing, clipping, and saving on the fridge:

AIRTRAN:
First checked bag: free. Second: $10 online, $20 at airport. Third: $50.
Overweight Bag Fees: 51 to 70 lbs.: $29. 71-100 lb: $69.
Oversize Bag Fees: 62 to 70 inches: $29. 71 to 80 inches: $69.
Carry-On Limit: 55 inches.

AMERICAN:
First: $15. Second: $25. Third to fifth: $100 each. Sixth: $200.
Overweight Bag Fees: 51 to 70 lbs.: $50. 71 to 100 lbs.: $100.
Oversize Bag Fees: 63 to 115 inches: $150.
Carry-On Limit: 45 inches and 40 lbs.

CONTINENTAL:
First: free. Second: $25. Third: $100.
Overweight Bag Fees: 51 to 70 lbs.: $50.
Oversize Bag Fees: 63 to 115 inches: $100.
Carry-On Limit: 51 inches and 40 lbs.

DELTA:
Domestic -- First: free. Second: $25. Third to 10th: $80 to $180 each. International -- First and second: free. Third to 10th: $150 to $600 each.
Overweight Bag Fees: 51 to 70 lbs.: $80. 71 to 100 lbs.: $150.
Oversize Bag Fees: 62 to 80 inches: $150.
Carry-On Limit: 45 inches and 40 lbs.

JetBlue
First: free. Second: $10. Third: $75.
Overweight Bag Fees: 51 to 70 lbs: $50. 71 to 99 lbs: $100.
Oversize Bag Fees: 63 to 80 inches: $75.
Carry-On Limit: 50 inches for Embraer 190 planes, 56 inches for Airbus A320s.

Northwest
First: $15. Second: $25. Third: $100.
Overweight Bag Fees: 51 to 70 lbs.: $50.
Oversize Bag Fees: Domestic -- 63 to 80 inches: $100. International varies.
Carry-On Limit: 45 inches.

Southwest
First and second: free. Third: $25. Fourth and additional: $50 to $110 each.
Overweight Bag Fees: 51 to 70 lbs.: $25. 71 to 100 lbs.: $50.
Oversize Bag Fees: 63 to 80 inches: $50.
Carry-On Limit: 50 inches.

United (fees as of Aug. 18)
Domestic -- First: $15. Second: $25. Third and additional: $125 to $250 each. International varies.
Overweight Bag Fees: 51 to 100 lbs: $125.
Oversize Bag Fees: 63 to 115 inches: $125.
Carry-On Limit: 45 inches.

U.S. Airways
First: $15. Second: $25. Third and additional: $100 each.
Overweight Bag Fees: 51 to 70 lbs.: $50 to $150; 71 to 100 lbs.: $100 to $200 (based on number of bags).
Oversize Bag Fees: 62 to 80 inches: $100.
Carry-On Limit: 51 inches.

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