Delta and Continental raise checked bag fees again

George Hobica, January 12, 2010
Fares from Washington DC, District of Columbia:

    Delta, the world's largest airline, has announced new domestic US and Canadian checked bag fees. Delta will charge $23 (up from $15) for the first checked bag, with a $2 surcharge if the fee is paid at the airport rather than online before departure. For the second checked bag, the new fee is $32 (up from $25), with a $3 surcharge if paid at the airport.

    Before the hike, passengers paid $15 for the first bag with a $5 airport surcharge and $25 for the second bag with a $5 airport fee.

    These fees are one-way, so a passenger checking two bags at the airport would pay $120 round-trip. Canadian customers pay the same fees in Canadian dollars.

    Continental also raised its first and second bag fees, matching Delta's. No doubt other carriers will follow.