Yesterday, the new JetBlue baggage fees went into affect. Going forward, you will find yourself paying a little more for your first and second bags when flying JetBlue – and a whole lot more if you have to check more than that. This increase may not seem large at first glance but it adds up to millions of dollars for JetBlue which means the other airlines are not far behind.
JetBlue’s New Increased Baggage Fees May Be Small…
Link: JetBlue’s Baggage Fees
As of August 27, 2018, any tickets booked on that date or after will find those passengers paying a little extra for the joy of checking a bag. Here is the pricing structure:
And here is the old chart, for comparison (if you booked your flight prior to August 27, you will still pay the fees for checked bags that you see below):
As you can see, it is “only” a $5 increase for the first and second bags (and Blue Flex tickets still allow two bags for free). But, it is a 50% increase on the 3rd+ bags at a whopping $50 extra. Also, if your bag is over 50lbs, you will also finding yourself paying that $150 fee – another increase of 50%.
Getting Bags for Free
Of course Mosaic members (JetBlue’s elite level), you will still get two bags for free. If you have the JetBlue Plus credit card, you will also still get your first bag free (as will up to 3 travelers on your reservation).
… This Increase Will Make JetBlue Millions of Dollars
Last year, US airlines pulled in over $4.6 billion in baggage fees. This means that JetBlue’s “little” $5 increase on bags will help them haul in even more money going forward. It will quickly add up to millions of extra dollars for them as their popularity grows (they are still one of the best airlines to fly domestically, thanks to their seats and free, live TV).
Other Airlines to Follow?
The bad part (as if paying more to transport your bags is not bad enough) is that airlines are notorious at copying each other in ways to get more money out of customers. JetBlue is not normally the frontrunner on such changes but I am sure that the big 3 (AA, Delta, and United) are eyeing this increase a little jealously. In fact, two Canadian carriers (WestJet and Air Canada) also just announced that they are raising their baggage fees as well.
The real winner in these baggage fee hikes will be Southwest. As long as they continue their “bags fly free” motto, they should draw some new customers to their airline – customers that are tired of getting nickled and dimed by the other airlines.
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