Alaska Airlines Increases Fee To Check Baggage

Alaska Airlines is raising its fee for checking a suitcase to $25, bringing it in line with most major airlines.

Starting Oct. 30, the Seattle-based airline will charge passengers $25 each for the first and second checked bags. Additional bags will cost $75. Alaska currently charges $20 per bag for the first three suitcases.

The airline is also increasing the fee to change tickets to $125. Currently, Alaska charges $75 if the change is made online and $100 if the change is made through a call center. Passengers who change tickets 60 or more days from the day of travel will not incur any fee at all.

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways all increased change fees on domestic tickets from $150 to $200 in May.

Alaska Airlines Group Inc. expects the higher fees to result in $50 million of additional revenue each year. Alaska shares rose 7.9 percent in trading Tuesday to $56.03.

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