In one year, U.S. airlines collected $3.8 billion in baggage fees

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111711 Atlanta, Ga; Katrina Holland, left, and her daughter Sasha Graham, of Phoenix, talk with a Delta employee as they check in their luggage at the Delta check in counters at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Thursday morning in Atlanta, Ga., November 17, 2011. Holland and Graham checked in three bags at a charge of $85. Holland, who was visiting family in Atlanta, said they don't like the bag fees but only used Delta because of the good ticket deal they got on the internet. Delta charges passengers baggage fees to check luggage. Federal regulators think the flying public deserves more transparency upfront about the full price of tickets and fees. Some airlines are fighting the move. Jason Getz

U.S. airlines collected a record $3.8 billion in baggage fees in 2015, according to a new federal report.

American Airlines, which acquired US Airways to create the world’s largest airline, had the biggest take with $1.1 billion in baggage fees last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines since 2009 had been the biggest collector of bag fees, but was surpassed by American as airline consolidation creates a bigger competitor.

Delta in 2015 came in second, bringing in $875.1 million in baggage fees.


 Jason Getz

United Airlines collected $672.2 million in baggage fees for the year. Spirit Airlines took in $288.7 million and Frontier Airlines took in $220 million from bag fees in 2015.

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