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Posted at 4:55 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Delta tops U.S. airlines for fees

By Associated Press

U.S. airlines collected more than $4.3 billion in fees for checking baggage and changing tickets so far this year.

New data from the Transportation Department on Monday shows that Delta Air Lines collected the most, hauling in $1.26 billion in fees so far this year. That's more than the $922 million collected by United Continental Holdings, which is bigger than Delta by traffic volume.

Travelers paid more than $784 million for baggage and ticket changes to American Airlines.

Southwest Airlines Co. does not charge to check the first two bags. But it has still collected $22.5 million in baggage fees this year for additional luggage.

How have airline fees affected you? What are the ones you find yourself paying the most?

By Associated Press  | December 13, 2010; 4:55 PM ET
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation  
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I used to check bags. Now I pack light and carry on. It's harder to get on and off planes especially since more of the other passengers are carrying on too. I'm also encumbered by my bags during layovers. I do have the advantage of getting off the plane and continuing straight to my final destination, rather than making a stop at baggage claim. Charge me for a carry on too (are you listening Spirit Airlines?) and I won't fly your airline.

Posted by: jcflack1 | December 14, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

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