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Advice Wanted: USA domestic travel Baggage charges

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Advice Wanted: USA domestic travel Baggage charges

Ill be booking a bunch of domestic flights for a trip throughout USA in April/May. Ill be travelling internationally from Australia with VAust.

I have heard that dometic airlines charge for baggage when you check in and its not included in your ticket purchase price?

Can anyone tell what these charges might be, how much etc?

I have also heard that sometimes you can get out of these charges if you tell them your travelling internationally as part of your trip? Is this true?

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1. Re: Advice Wanted: USA domestic travel Baggage charges

Charges and policies vary between airlines. You will have to check the web sites of the airlines you will be using.

As an example, I travelled Alaska Airlines in October. They charge $20 each for the first two bags per traveller and $25 for any extra bags. There are weight limits. Alaska will waive these charges for people with a connecting international flight, but defines this as a flight that connects within 12 hours.

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Charges vary from airline to airline, there is no one set pricing matrix.. and not *all* domestic airlines do in fact charge for checked bags... there are a few who don't.. also there is commonly a long list of selected groups of passengers who are exempted from any charges as well (high status FFP's, business and first class tickets, etc)

As to being able to evade the charges by saying you are on an international trip... You could *try*, but I will tell you that with the prevalence of airport kiosk check-in, online check-in and such, this baggage fee issue will be programatically applied by the computer.. so not a lot of discretion there.

An agent may be able to do so, but for the most part, US airline do tend to strictly enforce their baggage fee matrix uniformly.

On most all US carriers, you are not entitled to the international allowance levels when flying on a wholly domestic flight that is not a same-day onward connection from/to an inbound or outbound international flight.

Travel Safe,

Edited: 22 December 2010, 22:26
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Most US airlines charge around $25 per bag subject to their normal weight/size restrictions although these charges are waived if you are travelling first class.

You have the option in some instances to pay at check in or during the online check in process where the charge might be lower.

As far as I'm aware they do not waive the charges for international customers who are simply taking an internal domestic flight.

You should be able to find all the relevant information on the website of whichever carrier you are using.


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4. Re: Advice Wanted: USA domestic travel Baggage charges

A good overview of the baggage fees charged by different airlines can be found at http://www.kayak.com/airline-fees. As others have noted, however, there are exceptions to these fees.

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5. Re: Advice Wanted: USA domestic travel Baggage charges

Great thanks everyone for the feedback!

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6. Re: Advice Wanted: USA domestic travel Baggage charges

When looking at sites like Kayak and Expedia for comparisons of flights and fares don't forget to check Southwest Airlines. No bagage fees. Southwest flights are only available on southwest.com

edit to add.....what you heard about the bag fees waived if you tell them you are flying internationally......your flying domestic while in the US so don't waste time asking.

Edited: 23 December 2010, 00:54
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7. Re: Advice Wanted: USA domestic travel Baggage charges

Do you happen to have ELITE status with any carriers in Australia? Because if you do and they have a US partner, there's a chance you may not have to pay for your first or second bag.

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