Baggage Fee Blues: This Airline Now Has the Highest Fees for Checked Bags

JetBlue Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport as travelers look at the arrival departure board on May 17, 2017. ittleny/Getty Images

Once upon a time there was an airline called JetBlue Airways.

JetBlue wasn’t like the other airlines. It prided itself on being different.

All the people who flew JetBlue checked a bag for free and they were very happy.

Until 2015.

That’s when JetBlue changed and started following the other airlines. Checking a bag would cost money, and the people were no longer happy.

Fast forward to 2018.

JetBlue isn’t like the other airlines. Now it’s become the leader of the pack by increasing the charges on checked bags. The people aren’t pleased.

All passengers who book a ticket after Aug. 27 will pay a $5 increase to the first and second checked bag fee.

Details of the JetBlue Bag Fees Increase

The first checked bag fee has increased from $25 to $30, making it the highest in the industry.

The second bag went from $35 to $40, and any additional bags after that jumped from $100 to $150.

Each ticket falls into a fare option of Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Flex or Mint. Some of these fares include a checked bag — or two — at no additional cost.

Every passenger still gets one personal item and one carry-on bag for free.

Which is a great reason to brush up on your suitcase-packing skills or get good at one-bag travel.

Southwest Airlines remains the only major airline to allow two checked bags for free.

Aside from a personal item, there are no free bags on discount carriers like Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines. You’ll pay anywhere from $26 to $65 for a carry-on and $21 to $65 for checked baggage. Additional checked bags don’t cost more than $100, unlike JetBlue’s new fees.

Currently, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines still charge $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second checked bag.

But chances are it won’t be long until they come tumbling after.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She refuses to pay extra for bags or parking.