Some Airlines Have Introduced New Baggage Fees
Airfare prices may be better than ever, but their collection is another matter entirely. Recently, American Airlines and British Airways began to charge a check-in baggage transfer fee.
American Airlines and British Airways, along with their affiliates, will begin charging transfer fees for checked baggage if the flight is booked with two separate tickets: American press release explains :
American Airlines will check baggage if separate tickets have been issued for travel on the following carriers:
- American Airlines and American Eagle
- oneworld partner airline and its affiliates
American Airlines is unable to check baggage through if the customer has 2 separate tickets on US and non-Alliance flights. This results in airport check-in representatives collecting the necessary baggage fees in accordance with each airline’s established policy.
As Time.com’s Money section points out, United has a similar policy . If you are booking connecting flights on the same ticket, you have nothing to worry about. However, it is sometimes cheaper to book two separate tickets , and if you do, you can expect baggage transfer to be a little more difficult and a little more expensive. For more information, follow the links below.
British Airways, American Airlines and their alliance partners began restricting your ability to pay a flat baggage transfer fee in June. For many carriers now, when you change aircraft, you must collect your checked-in suitcases, go through security again, and pay a second time for the next leg of your journey.
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