EUGENE, Ore. — New numbers show how much we dole out to airlines when we hand over our bags.
The U.S. Department of Transportation says airlines now collect more in baggage fees than last year.
Reports show in the first quarter of this year the 17 largest airlines collected more than $815 million in baggage fees alone, up almost $30 from the last quarter of 2011.
The biggest bank roll goes to Delta, which collecting more than $190 million in baggage fees in those three months.
It’s not a new travel trend, but it’s an expensive one. Customers say all they can do is hope it’s benefitting them somehow.
In addition to baggage fees, the Department of Transportation says airlines put away another $630 million in reservation change fees in the same quarter.