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Baggage fees are among the most unpleasant parts of travel today, in part because they can be hard to decipher and change frequently. The best way to handle them is to be prepared — know what the baggage fees are and how to avoid them. Below we list primary baggage fees for the major airlines, and a couple of alternatives to avoid the baggage fees.
If you get the right credit card, you can eliminate many of the baggage fees on Delta or United / Continental (see below). Also, a bit of good news is that most international trips get you at least one free checked bag.
Baggage Fees by Airline (U.S.)
|Airline||1st bag||2nd bag||3rd bag||Credit Card with fee waiver?|
|American Airlines||$25||$35||$100||Yes -- Citi Executive AAdvantage -- First domestic bag free for you and up to 8 people in your reservation.|
|Delta Air Lines||$25||$35||$125-$200||Yes - 1st bag free for up to 9 people in your reservation via Delta SkyMiles American Express (link). No annual fee the first year.|
|United Airlines||$25||$35||$100||Yes - 1st bag free for you and a companion in your reservation via United Mileage Plus Explorer (link). No annual fee the first year.
Baggage Fees by Airline (International)
|Airline||1st Bag||2nd Bag||3rd bag+||Credit Card with fee waiver?|
|Delta Air Lines||Free||$80 Europe/North Africa, $60 Asia* (extra charge if not paid online)||Varies||Yes - 1st bag free for up to 9 people in your reservation via Delta SkyMiles American Express (link). No annual fee the first year.|
|United||Free*||$100 Europe/Middle East/Africa/India, $70 Asia/South America*||Varies||Yes - 1st bag free for you and a companion in your reservation via United Mileage Plus Explorer (link). No annual fee the first year.
*Exceptions and notes
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