Many airlines are charging additional fees for checked baggage. This information is specific to those carriers under the City Program contract. It is intended to provide information and protect travelers under the contracted fares.
As of October 1, 2010, the following is the most up-to-date list of airline checked baggage fees:
ATTENTION MILITARY MEMBERS: Waiver of baggage fee charges for military members in uniform CAN NOT be extended by US carrier code share operated flights, because the baggage rules of the code share carrier apply. Military members should be prepared to pay baggage fees, if and when applicable, on these code share flights.
|Airline||Commercial Bag Fee -
|Commercial Bag Fee - Add'l bag||Exceptions2|
|Alaska||$20||$20||Active duty military and their family members traveling on orders are exempt.
2 Free Bag Allowance: MVP, MVP Gold, Confirmed First Class, Uniformed Military or travel on orders.3 Free Bag Allowance: Travel within State of Alaska.
Note: Alaska/Horizon guarantee checked baggage will be presented to customers at baggage claim no later than 20 minutes after arrival at the gate. In the event this does not happen customers are entitled to $20 off future travel or 2,000 Frequent Flyer miles.
Active U.S. military personnel are allowed to check five pieces of baggage free of charge when traveling on orders.
Active U.S. military personnel are allowed to check three pieces of baggage free of charge when traveling on personal business or pleasure.
Each checked bag in the free allowance may be up to 62 inches and weigh up to 50 lbs. The size limitation of your luggage is calculated by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, that is, length + width + height.
Active U.S. military personnel traveling on orders are allowed one oversize / overweight bag in the free allowance up to 100 lbs. and 115 inches for no additional charge. Travel orders must be presented when checking the oversize / overweight bag.
The 70 lb. maximum bag weight limit for Europe and Asia does not apply for U.S. military baggage if traveling on orders.
Military ID must be presented. Traveling in uniform is not required.
Active U.S. military personnel are defined as any member of the U.S. armed forces (Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard) in an active status, (Cadets are included).
Customers with Civilian Military ID, Military Reserves and National Guard are not exempt.
Military Dependent Baggage
U.S. military dependents traveling on orders are allowed to check two bags free of charge.
If more than two bags are checked, excess charges apply. Oversize and overweight rates will be charged if applicable.
Each checked bag in the free allowance may be up to 62 inches and weigh up to 50 lbs. The size limitation is calculated by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag; length + width + height.
Military Dependent ID must be presented along with a copy of active orders to receive the free Military Dependent Baggage allowance.
|Continental||$25||$35||Coach in -Y- class, forward cabin, elite onepass, active duty military and dependents on orders.
After 1st and 2nd bag fees any additional bags are $100.00 each.
Bag fees are refundable if not used unless paid for at discount on line. This information is for domestic travel. International fees vary by destination.
|Delta Airlines||$23||$32||Domestic Travel:
For 3 or more bags, see excess baggage fees (nongovernment website).
|Hawaiian||$25||$35||Travel between Continental US and Hawaii:
|JetBlue||$0||$30||Military personnel on active duty not charged second bag fee.
|Midwest||$15||Effective 10/21/08 - Baggage fees are waived for active duty military personnel.
Government travelers are not exempt from commercial baggage fees.
Your 3rd through 9th bag or item will incur a charge of $50 per piece, and any bag or item thereafter will be $110 per piece.
Maximum weight is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height) per checked piece of luggage. Effective June 17, 2009, overweight items from 50 to 100 pounds and oversized items in excess of 62 inches but not more than 80 inches (e.g.; surfboards, bicycles, vaulting poles) will be accepted for a charge of $50 per item. Any item weighing more than 100 pounds must be shipped as Air Cargo. However, Customers cannot use SWA Cargo unless classified as a Known Shipper as defined by the TSA or TSA approved Indirect Air Carriers (IAC). For full details about shipping cargo, visit www.swacargo.com (nongovernment website).
Military Passengers traveling on active duty or permanent change of station orders will be exempt from the two-piece Baggage limit and will not be subject to excess, oversize, or overweight Baggage charges, provided that none of the pieces of Baggage exceeds 100 pounds in weight and 80 inches in size (outside length plus height plus width).
Baggage Fee Exceptions (US/Canada Travel): You are exempt from the above fees for checking your first two bags on flights operated by United, United Express and Star Alliance partner carriers if you are:
|US Airways||$23 if checked online
$25 at airport
|Virgin America||$25||$25||Main Cabin guests may check up to 10 bags for a fee of $25 each. The first bag may weigh up to 70 lbs. Bags two through ten may weigh up to 50 lbs. Guests who have purchased the fully refundable Main Cabin fare may check the first bag up to 70 lbs free of charge. Bags two through ten may weigh up to 50 lbs for a $25 fee each.
All checked bags may have a maximum size of is 62 inches, which is calculated by adding the length plus the width plus the height. Oversized bags and overweight bags will be assessed a fee as listed below.
Active duty military personnel who present their active Military ID (*or Department of Defense orders) are allowed to check 3 bags free of charge provided they are within the normal weight and size restrictions.
Military Guests with one duffel bag, b-4 bag, or sea bag which exceeds the 62 outside linear dimensions will be accepted as two checked bags.
VX Baggage Policy (nongovernment website)
The most current information on baggage allowance policies can be obtained by checking with your agency's Travel Management Center or Commercial Travel Office, or with the individual airline.
Many airlines charge a fee now for the first checked bag.
Most airlines have implemented changes in the baggage weight allowance for coach class for international travel. The free coach class baggage allowance is 50 pounds per paying passenger. Passengers in coach class may take more than 50 pounds for an additional fee.
Uniformed military travelers
Many airlines permit an exception to baggage allowance policies for uniformed military personnel on orders who may check the following luggage free of a fee:
- Two duffel bags;
- Sea bags; or
- B-4 bags up to 70 pounds /115 linear inches.
Federal Travel Regulation (FTR)
Federal Travel Regulation 301.12.2 identifies excess baggage as a miscellaneous expense. You should verify your agency’s policy and procedures regarding miscellaneous expense policy on excess baggage fees. The following Federal Travel Regulation excerpt is applicable to payment of baggage expenses when the respective agency determines the miscellaneous expense is in the interest of the government.
§301-12.2 What baggage expenses can my agency pay?
Your agency may reimburse expenses related to baggage as follows:
- Transportation charges for authorized excess;
- Necessary charges for transferring baggage;
- Necessary charges for storage of baggage when such charges are the result of official business;
- Charges for checking baggage; and
- Charges or tips at transportation terminals for handling Government property carried by the traveler.