Carry-on baggage: Airlines are cracking down on baggage weight and size

I will never forget where I was…the day JetBlue banned carry-on baggage in basic economy class.

As of July 20, 2021, my once-favorite airline has aligned itself with other low-cost airlines, like Spirit and Frontier, in requiring Blue Basic ticket holders to check their carry-on baggage or pay an additional fee for bring them into the cabin. It was the unofficial beginning of the end of ultra-low pandemic prices and previously enjoyed carry-on freedoms.

By a new report of Seattle weather, airlines are becoming stricter on the weight and size of carry-on baggage, forcing passengers to check their baggage at the gate or move the contents of their bag before boarding. The reason? Apparently not because there is no room for said bag. Rather, it’s a lucrative tactic – and it’s not going away anytime soon.

“The industry sees a bright future in carry-on baggage charges,” writes Christopher Elliott. “Global baggage fees hit a record $20.9 billion last year, according to a report from CarTrawler and IdeaWorks, a company that consults travel agencies on ancillary revenue.” For context, Spirit Airlines revenue from baggage alone has grown from $28.9 million in 2007 to $663.2 million in 2021. Additionally, the largest spike occurred in 2010 and is attributed to Spirit adding a charge for large carry-on bags.

All major national airlines except Southwest currently charge passengers for checked baggage, and most now monitor the size of carry-on baggage as well – however, there is apparently no consistency as to the size of the bag. how and when subsequent policies and charges are applied. being applied.

“Airlines are likely doubling down on this strategy to extract as many customers as possible,” Jeff Galak, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, told Elliott. “By being strict about what counts as carry-on, they can move free bags to paid bags.”

So what can you do?

First, be aware of over-packaging. If it’s the weight of your hand luggage, you’ll invariably end up paying to check it at the gate or scrambling to reduce it to weight, which could mean unpacking (and repacking) in the open airport. . (For the uninitiated, carry-on bags should weigh less than 35 pounds and no more than 10 inches deep, 16 inches wide, and 24 inches high.) Second, consider paying the fee at the time of booking or to purchase a fare that includes a sue. More often than not, these fees increase when you arrive at the airport, so if you’re going to pay them anyway, you might as well pay less.

Or you can always fly southwest, I guess.

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