NEW YORK (September 25, 2012)--U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.
Delta Air Lines Inc. once again claimed the title as the airline collecting the most in baggage fees at nearly $430 million from January through June.
The slightly larger United Airlines, which is part of United Continental Holdings Inc., followed with $351 million in bag fees, according to the Bureau of Transportation statistics.
Most airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the fees have climbed since.
Airlines typically charge $25 each way for the first checked bag, $35 for the second bag and then various extra amounts for overweight or oversized bags.
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