Saturday 17 November, 2018

JetBlue raises baggage fees

JetBlue Airways is raising baggage fees, becoming the first major airline to charge $30 for the first checked bag.

Beginning with tickets purchased from Monday, the airline will charge $30 for the first bag and $40 for the second.

The current charges are $25 and $35, which is standard at other major carriers.

A third bag will be $150, up from $100.

The new fees are listed on the airline's online baggage fees chart.

The move comes amid a spike in airline fuel prices.

Airlines are scrambling to cut expenses and boost revenue.

The airline's executives talked about boosting so-called "ancillary revenue'' on the airline's earnings conference call in July, noting that it had a series of initiatives underway.

JetBlue was a latecomer to checked bag fees, which became the norm in the airline industry in 2008. The airline didn't introduce them until 2015.



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