Services, fees expand at Lindbergh Field

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SAN DIEGO — Airlines are finding new ways to tack on fees.  New services are designed to offer passengers more convenience and comfort — for a price.

United has a new baggage delivery service that has been expanded to 36 airports, including Lindbergh Field.  Starting at $29.95, travelers can skip baggage claim, go straight their home, hotel or office — and have their bags delivered up to 100 miles.

“If you’re in a rush and you don’t have time to deal with baggage claim – you have to run to a meeting and they can deliver to a hotel – it might be worth it,” said Miriam Smith, a United passenger.

Southwest Airlines, known for free bag checks, has a new fee that lets passengers board early.  For an extra $40, passengers are guaranteed to be among the first 15 in line to board a flight.

The option was first tested at Lindbergh Field last December and was popular enough it’s now offered everywhere Southwest flies.

The world’s largest airlines raked in $36 billion from add-on fees in 2012.lindbergh-driving

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