U.S. airlines continue to rake in the fees as the industry took in $1.6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees in the second quarter, up 6.2 percent from the same period in 2011, a new government report says.
Baggage fees grew 5.2 percent to $932 million while airlines received $661 million from reservation change fees, an increase of 7.8 percent over the second quarter of 2011, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The agency does not collect information on all ancillary fees charged by airlines such as seat assignment or early boarding fees.
Delta Air lines collected the most bag and reservation change fees, $231 million and $201 million respectively.
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines made the top 10 baggage fees list for the first time as this was the first quarter where it reported combined figures with its subsidiary AirTran Airways. While "bags fly free" on Southwest, AirTran charges $20 for the first checked bag.
Baggage fees for top 10 airlines
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Reservation change fees for top 10 airlines
2Q 2012 (in millions)