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.
There seems to be no end in sight for travelers being nickeled and dimed for everything they've got at any opportunity!
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