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US Airways hikes luggage fees

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  February 10, 2011 10:16 AM

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Amid rising fuel prices, US Airways is raising fees for overweight bags on domestic flights. Fees for bags that weigh between 50 and 70 pounds will rise to $90 from $50 and the charge for luggage that weighs more than 70 pounds is going up to $175 from $100.

The carrier will also raise levies for customers who travel with more than two bags. Fees for checking additional bags will increase to $125 from $100.

US Airways will keep its base price for checked bags the same: $25 for the first bag, and $35 for the second.

The new prices will apply to tickets purchase after Jan. 31 for travel after Feb. 28.

The carrier says that the policy brings US Airways’ fees in line with those of other airlines.

With fuel prices back on the rise as global economies begin the march back after the Great Recession, airlines will undoubtably be looking for new ways to add revenue. Recently Spirit Airlines nudged their luggage weight limits so that passengers with bags over 40 pounds, instead of the standard 50, will be subject to overweight charges.

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