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Airline Checked Bag Luggage Fee Statistics

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Airline Baggage Fee and Ancillary Revenue Statistics2016 Data
Total collected annually from checked baggage (U.S.)$3,882,631,000
Total collected annually from reservation changes (U.S.)$2,850,000,000
Amount it costs in airline fuel per checked bag$2.10
Percent of operating revenue generated from baggage fees1.9 %
Percent of profits generated from baggage fees27 %
Total global airline revenue generated from ancillary income$43,240,000,000
Top 5 U.S. airlines revenue from ancillary income$17,725,000,000
Breakdown of Airline Ancillary RevenuePercent of Income
Sale of frequent flyer miles55 %
Baggage fees25 %
On-board retail and services15 %
Travel insurance and retail5 %
Passenger Survey Regarding Airline Travel LuggagePercent 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 %
RankAirline2016 Baggage Fees
1Delta$895,432,000
2United$773,457,000
3American$594,830,000
4US Airways$561,881,000
5Spirit$281,867,000
6Frontier$174,853,000
7Alaska$144,630,000
8Allegiant$127,817,000
9JetBlue$88,516,000
10Hawaiian$79,097,000
11Southwest$74,170,000
12Virgin America$63,157,000
13Sun Country$16,869,000
14Island Air Hawaii$5,102,000
15Mesa$957,000
Total Earned from U.S. Airline Baggage Fees3,882,631,000
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Cost of Checking a Bag by Airlines1st Bag2nd BagTotal 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 AirlinesFreeFreeFree
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, The Go Group,
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: February 26, 2017

Airline Checked Bag Luggage Fee Statistics

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