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U.S. Domestic Airline Fee Chart

May 29, 2008 | Posted in:

Airline Fees are a fact of life (hastened by $140/barrel oil), it is important that everyone take into account airline fees while shopping for airfare. To that end we have compiled a handy comparison list of U.S. domestic airline fees.

Fees are changing rapidly and we’ll do our best to keep the chart up to date.

It should be noted that 1st and 2nd checked bag fees are waived for passengers with “elite” status.

updated 18-Jan-2010

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Reservation by Phone (per person)

1st Checked Bag Fee (each-way)

2nd Checked Bag Fee (each-way)

Seat Selection / Priority / Leg Room

American

$20

$2518

$3518

None

Continental

$15

$23 – $2510

$32 – $3510

None

Delta

$20

$23 – $2514

$32 – $3514

None

Northwest

$20

$23 – $2514

$32 – $3514

$5 – $35

United

$25

$20 – $257

$30 – $357

$14 – $109

US Airways

$25 – $35

$23 – 2516

$32 – $3516

$5 – $30

AirTran

$15

$15

$255

$6 – $20

Alaska

$15

$1517

$25

None

Frontier

$25

$2011

$3011

None

JetBlue

$15

Free

$30

$10 – $30

Southwest

Free

Free

Free (3+ $25)

$10 – $30 1

Spirit Free (no sale fares)

$15 – $255

$25

$5 – $15

Midwest

$25

$20

$30

$65

Hawaiian

$10-$25

$1515

$2515

None

Go

Free

$10

$17

None

ExpressJet

Free

Free

Free

None

Virgin America

$15

$2519

$2519

$50 – $100

Allegiant

$10 – $15 ea/way

$15 – $35

$25 – 35

$11 – $13

Sun Country

$10

$15

$25

?

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Beverage/Snack Packet

Meal

Alcohol

Oversize Bag Fee (each-way)

Overweight Bag Fee (each-way)

Standby/Confirmed

Seat Fee

American

Free/none

$3 – $10

$6

$150

$50 – $100

$50

Continental

Free

Free 2

$5

$100

$50

$0 – $50

Delta

Free

$3 – $8

$7

$175

$90 – $175

$50

Northwest

Free/$3 – $5

$7 – $10

$5

$175

$90 – $175

$25

United

Free

$9

$6

$175

$125

Free

US Airways

Free/$58

$78

$7

$100

$50 – $100

$25

AirTran

Free

None

$6

$49 – $79

$49 – $79

$0 – $49

Alaska

Free

$5

$5

$50 – $75

$50

$0

Frontier

Free

$3

$5

$75

$75

Varies12

JetBlue

Free

None

$5

$75

$50 – $100

$40

Southwest

Free ($3 Energy)

None

$4

$50

$25 – $50

Varies13

Spirit

$2 – $3/$2 – $5

None

$5

$100 – $150

$50 – $100

$25

Midwest

Free (Cookie)

$6 – $11

$5

$80

$50 – $65

$35

Hawaiian

Free

Free $6

$160 – $360

$50

$0

Go

$1.5/None

None

$2.5 – $3.5

$25

$25-50

?

ExpressJet

Free

Free

$1 – $3

$50

$50

?

Virgin America

Free

$6 – $8

$5 – $6

$50

$50 – $100

$0 – $25

Allegiant

$2/$2-$4

$4

$5

may apply

may apply

n/a

Sun Country

Free

Free

$5

$60

$60

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Travel w/ Pets (each-way)*

Unaccompanied Minors (per flight)

Curbside Check-In

Non-Refundable Ticket Change Fee 6

American

$100 – $150

$100

Free

$150

Continental

$125

$75 – $100

Free

$150

Delta

$100 – $175

$100

Free

$150

Northwest

$100 – $175

$100

$2

$150

United

$125 – $250

$99

$2

$150

US Airways

$100

$100

$2

$150

AirTran

$69

$39 – $59

Free

$75

Alaska

$100

$75

$2

$50 – $75

Frontier

$150

$50

n/a

$100

JetBlue

$100

$75

$2

$100

Southwest

$75

$25

Free

Free

Spirit

$100

$75

$2

$80 – $90

Midwest

$150

$50 – $100

Free

$100

Hawaiian

$175 – $22520

$35 – $95

n/a

$150

Go

$25

$25

n/a

$20

ExpressJet

$50

$50

n/a

$50

Virgin America

$100

$75

n/a

$50

Allegiant

$100

$100

n/a

$50 4

Sun Country

$100 – $199

$50

Free

$75 – $100

Miscellaneous Fees

–JetBlue now charges $7 for a blanket and pillow (yours to keep)

*This covers the range of pet travel options, from cabin travel to checked-luggage

1 Business Select Additional Fee for Priority Boarding. Southwest has also added a $10 each-way fee for “EarlyBird Check In” which allows passengers to check in for a flight prior to 24 hours before the flight.

2 Flights 2+ hours

3 Snack Box

4 Trip Flex Free

5 Effective September 18, 2008, for reservations booked on August 14 or later.

6 Plus Difference in Current Airfare Price

7 If you pay bag fee online (“Easy Check-in”), you pay the lower price. (for both first and second checked bags) – for tickets purchased on or after Jan 14, 2010 for travel on or after Jan 21, 2010.

8 New charges as of August 1, 2008

9 For tickets purchased on/after July 10, 2008 for travel on/after August 28, 2008

10 If you pay bag fee online?? you pay the lower price. (for both first and second checked bags). Effective for tickets purchased on Jan. 9 for travel on or after Jan. 16. Travelers still pay $23 and $32 for bags checked online.

11 For tickets purchased on/after Sept. 8, 2009 and applies to travel commencing on or after Oct. 1, 2009

12 Travelers pay the difference between their original fare and the current fare to be confirmed on the new flight.

13 Depending on fare, Free or customer pays the difference between the original fare and the “Anytime” fare

14 For tickets Purchased after Jan 5, 2010 – If you pay bag fee online?? you pay the lower price. (for both first and second checked bags)..

15For flights to/from the Mainland.

16New fees for tickets bought on or after Jan. 18, 2009 for travel on or after ) Feb. 1, 2010. If you check bag online you pay the lower price for both 1st and 2nd checked bag.

17For Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air passengers traveling on tickets purchased or reissued on or after May 1, 2009 for travel on or after July 7, 2009

18For purchase of domestic Economy Class tickets on or after February 1, 2010

19for all bookings made on or after February 12, 2010, for travel on or after March 1, 2010

20for travel to points serviced by Hawaiian Airlines other than wholly within the State of Hawaii