airline checked bag luggage fee statistics

Airline Checked Bag Luggage Fee Statistics

Airline Baggage Fee and Ancillary Revenue Statistics 2016 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 fees 1.9 %
Percent of profits generated from baggage fees 27 %
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 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 2016 Baggage Fees
1 Delta $895,432,000
2 United $773,457,000
3 American $594,830,000
4 US Airways $561,881,000
5 Spirit $281,867,000
6 Frontier $174,853,000
7 Alaska $144,630,000
8 Allegiant $127,817,000
9 JetBlue $88,516,000
10 Hawaiian $79,097,000
11 Southwest $74,170,000
12 Virgin America $63,157,000
13 Sun Country $16,869,000
14 Island Air Hawaii $5,102,000
15 Mesa $957,000
Total Earned from U.S. Airline Baggage Fees 3,882,631,000
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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: February 26, 2017

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