March 15, 2015

March 15, 2015
US Carrier Airline Fees


Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great weekend. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are resting at home after our recent illness.

I have been blogging about traveling because of all the years of events Dab the AIDS Bear and I have done around the world. In the past 15 years, we have seen a huge increase in the fees airlines charge their customers to increase their profit line. So knowing many of you do not travel often, I thought I would share our knowledge about those fees today.

Now I will list, airline by airline, fees for checked bags, frequent flyer award tickets, seating and so on, on US airlines.

There are all kinds of exceptions to these fees, especially for certain classes of frequent flyers and military personnel, or if you hold an airline-affiliated credit card. These fees are cumulative and are double for round-trip travel. They are subject to change and were accurate to the best of our knowledge as of Feb 2015.

Airtran

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $150
Same day change fee: $50
Reservation by phone fee: $15
Unaccompanied minor fee: $50


Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: Free
First checked bag: $25
Second checked bag: $35
Additional bags fee: $75 each
Overweight bags: $75
Oversize bags: $75 (waived for business class, active duly military, and elite frequent flyers)
In-cabin pet fee: $75


Frequent Flier Fees

"Last minute" ticketing: $0
In phone/in person ticketing: $15
Date/itinerary change: One free allowed, additional $150
Redeposit Miles: $150
Same day change fee: $25


Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: $10-$30
Priority Boarding Fee: $10
Name Change Fee: Not offered
Other Fees: additional $75 each way for bikes, surf boards and other sporting equipment over 50 pounds


Alaska

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $125 Fee for changes made less than 60 days prior to ticketed flight departure. $0 for changes made 60 days in advance.
Same day change fee: $25
Reservation by phone fee: $15
Unaccompanied minor fee: $25 $50


Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: Free
First checked bag fee: $25
Second checked bag fee: $25
Additional bags fee: $75
Overweight bags: $75 for 51-100lbs
Oversize bags: $75 (1st/2nd bag fees waived for elite frequent flyers, flying within Alaska, active military)
In-cabin pet fee: $100


Frequent Flier Fees

"Last minute" ticketing: $0
In phone/in person ticketing: $15 (for Alaska flights); $25 (for partner flights)
Date/itinerary change: $75 if made online; $100 if made via phone agent
Redeposit Miles: $75 if made online; $100 if made via phone agent
Same day change fee: $25 (only if same award seat is available within six hours of flight)


Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: None.
Priority Boarding Fee: not offered.
Name Change Fee: not offered.
Other Fees: Paid upgrades 24 or fewer hours before flight: $25-$200 per flight; Left on board item return fee, $20.


Allegiant

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $50 per segment ($75 per segment effective Oct 30, 2013; waived if you buy "TripFlex")
Reservation by phone fee: $15
Unaccompanied minor fee: service not offered


Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: $10 to $75 depending on when and where purchased and route flown
Checked bag fee: $15 to $75 depending on when and where purchased and route flown
Overweight bags: $50 for 41-70 pounds; $75 for 71-100 pounds
Oversize bags: $75 if overall dimensions over 80 linear inches.
In-cabin pet fee: $100


Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: Up to $75
Priority Boarding Fee: $5
Name Change Fee: $50
Other Fees: Waive cancellation/change fees: $11.50 (TripFlex)

American

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $200
Same day change fee: $75v Reservation by phone fee: $25 domestic, $35 international
Reservation (ticket issue) at airport or city ticket offices incl. Admirals Club: $35 domestic, $45 international
Unaccompanied minor fee: $150 (up to 14 years old)

Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: Free
First checked bag fee: $25 (free to most international destinations)
Second checked bag fee: $35
Additional bags fee: $150 each
Overweight bags: $100 for 51-70 lbs; $200 for 71-100 lbs
Oversize bags: $200
In-cabin pet fee: $125


Frequent Flier Fees

Aadvantage award processing: $75 if booked 20 or fewer days before departure
Date/itinerary change: $75-$150 (waived for Exec Platinum)
Redeposit Miles: $150 (all additional award tickets returning to same account at same time are $25 each)
Same day change fee: $75


Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: Free, unless you choose "Preferred Seats: $4-$99 per flight; "Main Cabin Extra" seats $8-$159 per flight.
Priority Boarding Fee: Group 1 boarding $9
Name Change Fee: Not offered.


Delta

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $200 (up to $450 on some international fares)
Same day change fee: $50
Reservation by phone or ticket office fee: $25-$35
Unaccompanied minor fee: $100


Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: Free
First checked bag fee: $25 ($0 to international destinations except Canada and Caribbean)
Second checked bag fee: $35 ($40-$100 for some international destinations)
Additional bags fee: $125 for third bag; $200 each for bags 4-10
Overweight bags: $90 for 51-70lbs; $175 for 71-100lbs
Oversize bags: $175-$300 (These fees may be higher or lower for some international destinations and are waived for some elite level frequent flyers, active military, American Express SkyMiles Cardmembers, etc).
In-cabin pet fee: $125


Frequent Flier Fees

"Last minute" ticketing: $0
In phone/in person ticketing: $25
Date/itinerary change: $150 (warning! no changes/cancelations are permitted within 72 hours of departure; all miles forfeited)
Redeposit Miles: $150 (no changes/cancelations are permitted within 72 hours of departure)
Same day change fee: $50


Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: $9-$59 for "preferred seats" per segment.
Priority Boarding Fee: $10 per flight.
Name Change Fee: Not offered
. Other Fees: $9-$180 per segment for "Economy Comfort" seating.

Frontier

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $50-$100
Reservation by phone fee: None
Unaccompanied minor fee: $100 on "Basic" fares, $50 otherwise; free for frequent flyer minors with "status" Baggage Fees
Carry on bag: $25 for "economy fares" if paid at time of initial fare purchase; $50 at departure gate; Free for "Classic Plus" fares and for "summit" and "ascent" frequent flyer members.
First checked bag: $20 $25 for "Economy", free for "Classic Plus" fares
Second checked bag: $30, free for "ascent" and "summit" frequent flyers.
Above fees are waived on certain fare classes and for frequent flyer members with status
Additional bags fee: $75 each
Overweight bags: $75
Oversize bags: $75
In-cabin pet fee: $75 $125
Frequent Flier Fees
"Last minute" ticketing: $0
In phone/in person ticketing: $0
Date/itinerary change: $75 (if changes are made within 7 days before departure, otherwise free)
Redeposit Miles: $75
Same day change fee: $25-50 depending on ticket type

Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: $5 to $100 per segment; free on higher fare classes.
Priority Boarding Fee: included in above.
Name Change Fee: Free on some fares, $50-$100 on lower fare classes.

JetBlue

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $75-$150 depending of cost of ticket. Changes made 60 days of more prior to departure cost $75 no matter the fare. (If reservation not cancelled or changed prior to departure, entire fare is forfeited).
Same day change fee: $50. Standing by for one flight prior is free.
Reservation by phone fee: $20
Unaccompanied minor fee: $100


Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: Free
First checked bag: Free
Second checked bag: $40
Additional bags fee: $75 each
Overweight bags: $50 for 51-70lbs; $100 for 71-99lbs
Oversize bags: $75
Pet flight fee: $100


Frequent Flier Fees

"Last minute" ticketing: $0
In phone/in person ticketing: $20
Date/itinerary change: $50-$100
Redeposit Miles: $50-$100
Same day change fee: $50

Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: "Even More Space" seats with extra legroom: $10-$90 per flight.
Priority Boarding Fee: Included in above.
Name Change Fee: Not offered.


Hawaiian

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $30-$200
Reservation by phone fee: $15-$35
Unaccompanied minor fee: $35-$100

Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: Free (but officially a 25-pound weight limit)
First checked bag: $17-$25 (free to some international destinations)
Second checked bag: $17-$35 (free to some international destinations)
Additional bags fee: $25 inter-island, $100 otherwise. (May be higher to some international destinations). Overweight bags: $25-$200
Oversize bags: $25-$100 (higher for some international destinations)
In-cabin pet fee: $35-$225

Frequent Flier Fees

"Last minute" ticketing: $0
In phone/in person ticketing: $15-$35
Date/itinerary change: $30-$50
Redeposit Miles: $30-$150

Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: "Preferred Seats" $35-$75 per flight.
Priority Boarding Fee: not offered.
Name Change Fee: Free for Coach Plus fares

Spirit

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $115-$125
Same day change fee: $25 to stand by for earlier flight.
Reservation by phone fee: $10
Unaccompanied minor fee: $100
Carry on bag: $25-$50 ($100 if you pay at the gate, applies to all bag fees)

Baggage Fees

First checked bag: $20-$45
Second checked bag: $30-$55
Additional bags fee: $75-$100 each
Overweight bags: $25 for 41-50lbs; $50 for 51-70lbs; $100 for 71-99lbs.
Oversize bags: $100-$150
In-cabin pet fee: $100

Frequent Flier Fees

"Last minute" ticketing: up to $100
In phone/in person ticketing: $25
Date/itinerary change: $110 (not permitted within 24 hours of departure; Refunds are allowed for reservations made 7 days or more prior to your departure, provided that you make the refund request within 24 hours of your initial reservation.)
Redeposit Miles: $ 110 (not permitted within 24 hours of departure)
Same day change fee: $25 (only for an earlier flight)

Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: $1 to $50
Name Change Fee: Not offered.

Other Fees: $75 for bikes; $10 for airport agents to print boarding pass.

Southwest

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: Free
Same day change fee: None but any fare difference will apply
Reservation by phone fee: Free
Unaccompanied minor fee: $50

Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: Free
First checked bag: Free
Second checked bag: Free
Additional bags fee: $50 each for 3-9 bags; $110 each for more
Overweight bags: $75
Oversize bags: $75
In-cabin pet fee: $75

Frequent Flier Fees

"Last minute" ticketing: $0
In phone/in person ticketing: $0
Date/itinerary change: $0 (but any fare difference will apply)
Redeposit Miles: $ 0
Same day change fee: Depends on type of award and possible point difference

Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: None
Priority Boarding Fee: Early Bird check-in $12.50; "Upgraded boarding" $40
Name Change Fee: Not offered.

United

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $200
Same day change fee: $75
Reservation by phone fee: $25
Unaccompanied minor fee: $150

Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: Free
First checked bag fee: $25
Second checked bag fee: $35
Additional bags fee: $100 each (up to $200 on some international routes)
Overweight bags: $100 51-70lbs; $200 71-100lbs (up to $400 on some international routes)
Oversize bags: $100 (up to $200 on some international routes)
In-cabin pet fee: $125-$250

Frequent Flier Fees

"Last minute" ticketing: $75 if booked within 21 days of departure (Free to $50 for frequent flyer members with status)
In phone/in person ticketing: $25
Date/itinerary change: $75 if made 21 or more days prior to travel; $100 if made less than 21 days (lower or no fees for frequent flyer members with status)
Redeposit Miles: $200 (free to $125 for frequent flyer members with status)
Same day change fee: $75

Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: None, unless you choose an extra-legroom seat.
Name Change Fee: Not available
Other Fees: "Premier access" fee (priority check-in, TSA lines, and boarding) $9 and up per flight.

US Airways

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $200 (up to $450 on some international fares)
Same day change fee: $75-$150 depending on destination to move to an earlier flight within 6 hours of your original time.
Reservation by phone fee: $25 domestic, $30 international
Unaccompanied minor fee: $100

Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: Free (but a 40-pound weight limit)
First checked bag: $25 (free for some international flights)
Second checked bag: $35; $100 for trans-Atlantic
Additional bags fee: $150 for the third; $200 thereafter
Overweight bags: $90 for 51-70 lbs; $175 for 71-100lbs.
Oversize bags: $175
In-cabin pet fee: $125

Frequent Flier Fees

"Last minute" ticketing: $75 if ticketed 21 days or less In phone/in person ticketing: $30 for domestic travel/$40 for international travel+
$25-50 award processing fee
Date/itinerary change: $150
Redeposit Miles: $150
Same day change fee: $75

Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: None unless you choose a "Choice Seat" (see below)
Priority Boarding Fee: from $10 per flight
Name Change Fee: Not offered.

Other Fees: "Choice Seats" $5-$99 each way depending on flight

Virgin America

Ticketing Fees

Non-refundable ticket change fee: $75-$100 depending on destination
Cancellation of Reservation: $75-$150 depending on route
Same day change fee: $25-$50
Reservation by phone fee: $20
Unaccompanied minor fee: $75-$125

Baggage Fees

Carry on bag: Free
First checked bag: $25
Second checked bag: $25
Additional bags fee: $25 each
Overweight bags: $50 for 51-70lbs; $100 for 71-100lbs
Oversize bags: $50
In-cabin pet fee: $100

Frequent Flier Fees

"Last minute" ticketing: $0
In phone/in person ticketing: $20
Date/itinerary change: $100
Redeposit Miles: $100
Same day change fee: $25-$50

Other Fees

Seat Selection Fee: None.
Priority Boarding Fee: $30
Name Change Fee: Not offered
Other Fees: Last minute (6 hours before flight) upgrades $39 to $399 each way.9 each way.

I hope these tips help you better plan your next flight and you have a beary safe and great Sunday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,



Daddy Dab