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Airline Checked Bag Luggage Fee Statistics

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Airline Baggage Fee and Ancillary Revenue Statistics 2014 Data
Total collected annually from checked baggage (U.S.) $3,500,000,000
Total collected annually from reservation changes (U.S.) $2,500,000,000
Amount it costs in airline fuel per checked bag $2.00
Percent of operating revenue generated from baggage fees 1.7 %
Percent of profits generated form baggage fees 26 %
Total global airline revenue generated from ancillary income $49,900,000,000
Top 5 U.S. airlines revenue from ancillary income $16,500,000,000
Breakdown of Airline Ancillary Revenue Percent of Income
Sale of frequent flyer miles 55 %
Baggage fees 25 %
On-board retail and services 15 %
Travel insurance and retail 5 %
Passenger Survey Regarding Airline Travel Luggage Percent Yes
Percent of travelers who say "they still check a bag either all or most of the time" 55 %
Percent of passengers who say "they always check a bag" 27 %
Percent of airline passengers who say they "check a bag and use a carry on" 28 %
Percent of travelers who say "they always use a carry on bag when traveling" 19 %
Rank Airline 2014 Baggage Fees
1 Delta $862,909,000
2 United $651,857,000
3 American $574,430,000
4 US Airways $511,281,000
5 Spirit $241,867,000
6 Frontier $144,853,000
7 Alaska $120,630,000
8 Allegiant $107,817,000
9 JetBlue $83,516,000
10 Hawaiian $76,097,000
11 Southwest $73,170,000
12 Virgin America $60,157,000
13 Sun Country $15,869,000
14 Island Air Hawaii $3,972,000
15 Mesa $883,000
  Total Earned from U.S. Airline Baggage Fees 3,529,308,000
Cost of Checking a Bag by Airlines 1st Bag 2nd Bag Total for 2 Bags
Spirit Airlines $45 $55 $100
Delta Airlines $25 $35 $60
Hawaiian Airlines $25 $35 $60
Air Canada $25 $35 $60
United Airlines $25 $35 $60
Frontier Airlines $25 $30 $55
British Airlines $0 $51 $51
Virgin America $25 $25 $50
Alaskan $25 $25 $50
JetBlue Airways $0 $50 $50
Southwest Airlines Free Free Free
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, The Go Group,
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: June 27, 2015

Airline Checked Bag Luggage Fee Statistics

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