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Airlines are making billions off of your checked bags

$4.2 billion

In 2016, customers spent a record $4.2 billion to check their bags with US airlines.

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$4.2 billion

Baggage fees collected by US airlines

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$4.2 billion

In 2008, after fuel prices increased, some US airlines started charging clients for their first checked bag. Fuel is cheaper now, but the fee continues.

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$4.2 billion

Most US airlines charge $25 for the first checked bag, except for low-cost carriers like Frontier and Spirit, that can charge up to $65.

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$4.2 billion

At least the average price of an airline ticket in the US fell to $349 in 2016, 8% less compared to the previous year and the lowest level since 2009.

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$4.2 billion

Average US roundtrip airfare

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