In late August JetBlue raised many of their fees, including checked bag fees. Among other changes, they raised the cost of a first checked bag on a domestic itinerary from $25 to $30.
It’s interesting to see JetBlue be the first US airline to raise the cost of a checked bag from the standard $25, given that they’re otherwise not the most aggressive airline with fees. However, since they don’t have basic economy, I guess they figured they’d rather start by increasing fees in this way. Their stock isn’t doing well, so I imagine we’ll see a lot more fees from them in the coming months and years.
While the “big three” (American, Delta, and United) don’t typically follow JetBlue’s lead, I expected that they’d do so in this case. After all, when they’re not leading the race to the bottom, they’re following the race to the bottom.
Just a few days later United announced that they’d be following JetBlue’s lead, and would be raising the cost of checked bags for tickets booked as of August 31, 2018.
I figured it was only a matter of time before Delta and American followed, and it looks like the next airline has now taken the plunge.
Delta has now raised the cost of the first checked bag to $30, and the cost of the second checked bag to $40, which is up from $25 and $35, respectively. This information can be found on Delta’s baggage & travel fees page.
Interestingly this isn’t accompanied by any sort of announcement, and the website doesn’t even make reference to this being a change. I suspect this new pricing only applies for tickets issued as of today (September 19, 2018), so previously booked tickets shouldn’t be subjected to this.
I imagine at this point it’s going to be days (at most) until American matches…