Airline Bag Fees Hit $400
At least for an overweight international bag on some airlines
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 20, 2011 12:46 PM CDT
A sign is seen at an U.S. Airways check in at the Philadelphia International Airport Monday, June 13, 2011, in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – How crazy have airline baggage fees gotten? Well, checking an overweight (that's a 71- to 100-pound) bag will now cost you a whopping $400 on most Continental Airlines international flights. And Continental isn’t alone either, according to a survey of major carriers by USA Today; United Airlines also charges $400 for such a bag on any flights to other continents, and American Airlines charges $450 if that bag is headed to Asia.

Even checking your first standard-size bag is getting expensive, with some airlines charging as much as $43. Sprint Airlines even charges for carry-on bags, to the tune of $30 to $40 each. Other fees abound as well; Delta Air Lines and United charge $250 to change an international ticket, for example. Even supposedly "free" frequent-flier tickets now often come with booking fees; flying US Airways for free will cost you up to $90.

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Sep 22, 2011 4:48 PM CDT
I flew Frontier Airlines to Montana last May. If you ever get the chance to fly Frontier.......DON'T. If your check in bag(s) are over 62 inches (L+W+D) there's an extra $75 charge. If it is over X number of pounds, it's ANOTHER $75. I ended up sending my guitar and a weeks worth of clothes by FedEx and saved nearly $100. It's gotten way PAST ridiculous. Yeah, the ticket was cheap, but start reading the fine print, folks.
Sep 21, 2011 9:15 AM CDT
I totally agree with everyone. I was on a trip last month and for one over-weight luggage American Airlines charged $200 plus the regular baggage fee, which brings the total to $250, which is totally outrageous and ridiculous. I could have use that money for a hotel to use for that night, which AA was suppose to pay because they was super later, which cause me to miss my ferry to go to another island. Next time, I am going to use fed-ex for my luggage, which is a whole lot cheaper. All airlines are full of BS, except SouthWest. They're the best.
Sep 20, 2011 10:32 PM CDT
All these airlines try to lower their economy price points to match Southwest's then throw in these extra bag fees to make up the difference. If they just stopped clinging to their old and terrible policies ($200 change fees and more) maybe they'd be rolling in cash like Southwest and expanding all over the US too. Once Southwest goes international, I'll never have a reason to not use them again.