American Airlines to raise checked baggage fees

American Airlines, looking to bump up revenue in a recessionary environment, plans to raise checked-bag fees on U.S. domestic itineraries by $5.

Airlines have been suffering despite markedly lower fuel prices as business and leisure travel slump. Just last week, American Airlines parent AMR Corp. reported a 21% drop in second-quarter revenue although its loss narrowed largely because of year-ago charges.

The fees, first enacted as fuel costs were on their way to record highs, will rise to $20 for the first bag and $30 for the second on tickets bought after Aug. 13. The changes will also affect regional affiliate American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights.


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