A Timeline That Shows the Billions of Baggage Fee Revenue Increase at Customers Expense

Posted on June 29, 2012

Reports were made that despite the incredible growing in baggage fee revenues over the last decade, revenues for airlines were actually on the way down despite a slight rise of passengers in 2011 compared to 2010.

Is this good news for passengers?  The truth is, no…well, not really.  Bottom-line, the baggage fees are still the same cost and they aren’t going away.  If anything, they will be going up and more fees are likely to be created in the near future.

What are the reasons the revenue has dropped?

People are doing a better job of traveling light and not checking bags.  This also results in bigger carry-on bags, and drum roll please…will eventually lead to more airlines charging for carry-on luggage.  Spirit, which is well known for nickel-and-diming passengers with extra fees, already announced a $100 fee for passengers that have to bag check their luggage at the gate.  This will undoubtedly deter people from bringing large carry-on luggage that does not fit in overhead bins.  Doing so has been a trick frequent fliers have been using ever since baggage fees came into existence.

The airlines are doing a better job of selling branded credit cards, which often waive baggage fees.  A percentage of passengers are using these cards to save money on baggage fees.  However, unless you travel frequently, most of these cards are not going to be a lot of help.  The various costs of having a credit card could easily end up being the same, if not more, at the end of the day.

We decided to make an infographic that displays the shocking rise in baggage fees over the years.  Take a gander (click on the image to get the high res view) and let us know what you think.

A Timeline On Airline Baggage Fee Revenue

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