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The Next Wave of Bag Fees is Building


If you think paying an additional fee to check your bags when you fly is absurd, you’re not going to like the latest trend that’s developing with baggage fees.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air has started charging passengers a $35 fee per flight for carry-on luggage stowed in overhead bins beginning this week.  Allegiant Air becomes the second airline to levy such charges as Spirit Airlines began charging for use of the overhead bin two years ago.

As a result of the news, many travel pundits are now fearing a domino effect and see it only as a matter of time before other airlines will institute similar fees.

The new policy by Allegiant, a lower-cost carrier that predominantly flies to Sunbelt tourist areas, still allows passengers to bring aboard a small personal bag that must fit under the seat.  Larger carry-ons with a maximum weight of 25 pounds, will trigger the new fare.  Heavier bags must be checked and will be subject to a $35 fee if done at the airport and $15 – $30 if done online.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

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  • Just when you thought you’ve heard every hotel marketing play in the book – then you hear this…  From April 8-15, the Andaz Wall Street hotel in NYC will have an “Accountant in Residence” filing taxes for guests free of charge.
  • According to a new survey, hotel guests would overwhelmingly take Wi-Fi over high-end coffee makers, an iPod dock, video game systems, and workout equipment / DVDs.  (I could have told you that.  No survey necessary.)

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