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US Airways Hikes Bag Fees by $5


US Airways passengers will soon have to pay an extra $5 to check their bags. The first checked bag will cost $20 when checked online in advance, or $25 when checked at the airport. The second checked bag will cost $30 and $35, respectively. The new fee is effective for tickets purchased on or after August 26 for travel on or after October 7.

The move is essentially a match of American's recent hike, which upped fees to $20 for the first bag and $30 for the second. American doesn't have an online option and therefore doesn't have the second price point.

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US Airways also matched new fees from American and Delta for the second checked bag on international flights. US Airways customers will now pay $50 online and $55 at the airport for transatlantic travel. Continental has added this fee as well.

With two of the country's legacy lines charging a minimum of $20 for the first checked bag, it's only a matter of time before others (I'm looking at you, United) follow suit. It may not happen soon, but my sense is it will happen. What I want to know is: When will it end?

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