TWO DOLLARS. That’s what it costs to fly your bag in terms of jet fuel. Or at least that’s what a new study by the Detroit Free Press says. US carriers pocketed $3.5 billion in baggage fees in 2012, so it’s obviously a major revenue source to them, but come on. That’s a 1250% markup.
I get nostalgic for the days when all carriers in the US realized that baggage is a part of travel and should be included in your ticket price, just like the utensils that come complimentary when you purchase a meal at a restaurant. Maybe some day we’ll go back to those halcyon times.