One Airline That Stubbornly Refuses to Pile on the Fees (For Now)

Travelers have been glum spectators during what has been a decades-long parade of new fees.
Travelers have been glum spectators during what has been a decades-long parade of new fees.


Most airlines view fees for baggage and ticket changes as easy, highly lucrative revenue streams. Southwest Airlines views them quite differently: If it added baggage fees on par with other carriers, Southwest says it would lose roughly $1 billion.

When United Airlines increased ticket change fees to $200 (up from $150), the assumption was that competitors would follow suit. Well, airlines are just so predictable. To almost no one’s surprise, American, US Airways, and Delta are now also charging a $200 fee to any passenger hoping to change flight plans within the U.S.

Read more about how Southwest is bucking the baggage fee trend at Time.


Freddie Allen is the National News Editor for the NNPA News Wire and 200-plus Black newspapers. 20 million readers. You should follow Freddie on Twitter and Instagram @freddieallenjr.

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