SAN DIEGO — Airlines across the United States collected $6 billion in baggage and reservation change from passengers last year.
The 15 largest carriers raked in $3.5 billion in baggage fees alone — a record since those fees took off five years ago.
“If you’re by yourself that’s okay. But when you’re flying with children or with a family, luggage and restrictions do play a part in who you choose,” said El Cajon resident Ana Bowman, a frequent flyer with Southwest Airlines because of their “bags fly free” policy.
The $6 billion in fees represent the profit margin between the airlines’ revenues and expenses.
The fees are expected to only go up.
Some tips for travelers — plan ahead, pack light and know the rules.
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