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Baggage Allowance

The Department of Transportation has issued specific policies effective immediately on the
disclosure of fees for checked baggage. Please refer to this list for a summary of each carrier's
policies. Click on the link to go to the carriers' website for full detailed information.

Air Canada (updated checked bag policies)
Air Canada said today that it will implement changes to its checked baggage policy on flights within Canada, and between Canada and the U.S. including Hawaii, effective May 15, 2008 for travel on or after July 15, 2008.

Under the new policy, customers who purchase Tango and Tango Plus tickets may check one bag at no charge and a second bag for a $25 service fee. Tango and Tango Plus customers will continue to have the choice of customizing their fare including obtaining a discount when travelling without checked luggage. There is no change in the checked bag policy for customers purchasing Latitude and Executive Class tickets. As well, Air Canada Elite, Super Elite and Prestige members in addition to Star Alliance Gold and Silver members maintain their current baggage allowance when purchasing Tango and Tango Plus fares.
Alaska Airlines (updated checked bag policies)
The baggage rules and fees noted below apply to tickets purchased on or after May 1, 2008, for travel on or after July 1, 2008. Free baggage allowance consists of 1 checked bag per ticketed passenger. Baggage can be a maximum of 62 linear inches (length + width + height) and may weigh up to 50 pounds. Excess baggage charges apply to additional pieces, overweight pieces between 51 and 100 pounds and oversized pieces of luggage. Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). Alaska MVP Gold Mileage Plan members and clients traveling in the Alaska first class cabin may check two pieces of luggage at no charge.
American Airlines (updated checked bag policies)
Customers who purchase domestic economy class tickets on or after May 12, 2008 but before June 15, 2008 may check one bag for free and check a second bag for $25 each way. Customers who purchase domestic economy class tickets on or after June 15, 2008 will be charged $15 each way for the first checked bag and $25 each way for the second checked bag. Our carry-on policy of one personal item (such as a purse or laptop bag) plus one bag remains in place.
Continental Airlines (updated checked bag policies)
Continental Airlines has announced a new checked baggage policy for certain Economy fare tickets that were purchased on or after April 5 for travel on or after May 5, 2008.

This policy applies to travel within the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.

Note: OnePass Elite members, SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus members, Tickets issued on Y class of service, Continental Airlines Presidential Plus credit card holders, active military traveling on orders are not impacted by this policy change.

Delta Airlines (updated checked bag policies)
Delta customers who have purchased a Delta ticket on or after July 31st, for travel on or after August 5th, 2008 can check their first bag for free and their second bag for Domestic travel for $50 (USD. The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.

Note: First class passengers, international travelers and elite members of Delta’s frequent flyer program will still be allowed to check two bags for free on domestic flights. First class and elite travelers can check up to three bags at no charge on international flights, but a third bag will cost coach passengers $150 (USD).

Starting August 5th items that are 63 to 80 inches long including athletic equipment such as skis, will cost $175 (USD) to check on all flights.

Jet Blue (updated checked bag policies)
Each customer may bring two bags free of charge until June 1, 2008. On or after June 1st each customer may bring only one bag free of charge. Please note: Customers who booked their reservation prior to May 1, 2008, may continue to bring two bags free of charge.

Second Bag Fee (Effective June 1, 2008)
Customers who booked their flight on or after May 1, 2008, will be charged an additional $20 fee for checking a second bag on flights on or after June 1, 2008.

3rd + Baggage
Customers checking three or more bags on their flight will be charged a $75 fee per bag if they booked on or after May 1, 2008.
Mexicana
The changes apply to passengers traveling in Coach/Tourist Class, where the Free Baggage Allowance is now 50 lbs. These changes are in effect for passengers who purchase tickets as of today, June 18, for travel starting on July 1, 2008 and thereafter. If checking-in more than one (1) bag, a Luggage Fee applies. ($ 15 for the 2nd bag, $ 100 for the 3rd bag) Bags weighing more than 50 lbs. a piece will be subject to an Excess Baggage Charge of $ 100 each, for excess weight up to 55 lbs. Executive Class Free Baggage Allowance and excess baggage charges remain unchanged at this time.
North West Airlines (updated checked bag policies)
Northwest will accept luggage up to a maximum of 50 pounds (23 kg) and a total linear dimension of 62 inches (158 cm) per piece at no charge for tickets purchased on/after March 29, 2008 for travel on/after May 5, 2008. For tickets purchased on/after July 10, 2008 for travel on/after August 28, 2008 luggage within the weight and linear dimension allowance will be assessed a USD $15 fee for the first piece, USD $25 for the second piece, and USD $100 for the third and each subsequent piece. Charges apply each-way.  The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.

Note: Silver, Gold and Platinum WorldPerks® Elite customers, SkyTeam Elite customers, and those booked in first or full fare classes (Y or B) will not be impacted by this policy change.
Spirit Airlines (updated checked bag policies)
All customers are allowed one free carry-on bag

Effective June 10, 2008, fees for bags paid in advance online at www.spiritair.com are $10.00 each way for the first bag only. The fee for Bag 2 is $20.00 each way, and items 3 – 5 are $100.00 per item each way. When paying at the airport, fees for the first and second bags are $20.00 per bag each way. (Customers will receive a 50% discount for the first bag when purchased online).
United Airlines (updated checked bag policies)
United has published a new checked baggage policy for customers who purchase Economy tickets for travel exclusively within the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.

Customers purchasing any domestic Economy ticket and who do not have premium status in Mileage Plus or Star Alliance may check one bag for free and a second bag for $25.00. Customers who have attained Premier Associate status or higher in Mileage Plus or Silver status and above with a Star Alliance partner are exempt from this policy change. This new policy applies to tickets purchased on or after February 4, 2008 for travel on or after May 5, 2008.
US Airways (updated checked bag policies)
US Airways has announced a new baggage policy for tickets purchased on or after February 26 for travel on or after May 5, 2008.

The new policy applies to all flights within the United States, to/from Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Customers may check one bag for free and a second bag for a $25 USD fee ($50 USD round-trip). The fee may be higher depending on weight and dimensions of the baggage.

Note: Dividend Miles Preferred members (Silver, Gold, Platinum and Chairman’s Preferred), confirmed First Class and Envoy passengers (at time of check-in), Star Alliance Silver and Gold status members, active military personnel in uniform with ID, unaccompanied minors, or passengers checking personal assistive devices are not impacted by this change.

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