Northwest To Charge USD$25 For 2nd Bag

March 29, 2008

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Northwest Airlines said on Friday it will begin charging USD$25 to check a passenger's second bag, a move that other carriers have attempted to bolster revenue amid high fuel prices.

Coach class customers will not be charged to check one piece of luggage. Members of loyalty programs may still check two bags at no additional charge. Customers booked in first class can continue to check up to three bags at no charge.

Other changes include an increase from USD$80 to USD$100 for three or more checked bags, and an increase from USD$25 to USD$50 for overweight bags heavier than 50 pounds.

The new fees apply to flights within North America on or after May 5.

Northwest is the fourth major airline to make the change. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways announced new fees earlier this year.

Airlines, grappling with high fuel costs, are looking for new revenue streams and to cut costs.

One popular way to achieve these goals is by charging for items and services that used to be included in the fare. Airlines typically check two bags for free, but analysts forecast all the major carriers soon will begin charging to check a second bag.