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Boo Airlines!

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airlines making lots of money off of baggage

If you already dislike checking baggage, you'll like it EVEN LESS after hearing this!

According to the Transportation Department, the top 20 largest American airlines have collected a total of $2.6 billion in baggage fees SO FAR in 2010.

We can only imagine how much they'll make over the holidays!

Airlines are making 23 percent more than they did this time last year AND they're making over 5 times more than they did in 2007, when they made $464.3 million in baggage fees!

Delta Air Lines is making the most off of baggage, with $733.2 million in the bank so far for 2010. American Airlines and US Airways are next in line, with $431.8 million and $388.1 million so far.

…We wonder how much we can shove into our carry-on…

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11 comments to “Boo Airlines!”

  1. 1

    Well at least there's one industry making money.

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  3. Beccx says – reply to this


    Honestly, it would be cheaper to fed-ex my luggage to my destination then to check the bags with the airlines - and safer too.

  4. 4

    I just took Spirit Air to Mexico. For my husband and I - 2 CHECKED bags - $66 each way. So $132 added to our vacation. The seats are super cramped. Carry on suitcase = fee also. Only "personal items" are free. I saw a few people going up with NO idea. One woman freaking out with 3 bags because her sister purchased the cheap ticket for her and she had no money for the bags.

  5. 5

    Going to Vegas soon… This is EXACTLY why I picked Southwest!!!!! NO baggage fees….

  6. 6

    Well… i saw a documentary on American Airlines not too long ago that kind of went in depth about what the airlines practices are, and i found out that airlines actually do not make much money off the flights themselves… they broke it down and these days where airfares are at their lowest, if they didn't charge baggage fee's, they would barely make enough on the flight to make a meager thousand dollars on these flights. Which is not enough to keep an airline afloat, and imagine if the flight wasn't full?

  7. 7

    "SO FAR" would insinuate that there is still a substantial amount of time left in the calendar year of 2010….but there are actually on 16 days.

  8. 8

    take the train!

  9. 9

    Greedy bastards. I don't understand how people can continue to afford paying for flights with all their bullshit taxes and airport improvement fees. I can't believe people just roll over and take it up the ass instead of fighting them. If people stopped flying - EVERYONE - for just a week, things would change. But, people can't seem to be bothered to fight for fairness and equality anymore, and that goes for every topic…not just flights. I'm ashamed of what we've become.

  10. 10

    If it weren't for the 3 1 1 rule… (3 ounces, 1 bag, 1 carryon) and I could bring in all the liquid i want.. id NEVER check a back again!!!!

  11. 11

    ..and on another note.. thats why I LOVE SOUTHWEST. you can sit wherever you want.. check up to two bags for free… and the staff is always friendly.. (to me anyway lol)