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  • 01 of 07

    The Top 7 U.S. Airlines Baggage, Ticketing, and Pet Fees

    Benet J. Wilson

    Ticketing Fees

    • Non-refundable ticket change fee: $200 for domestic travel and up to $750 for international travel
    • Same day change fee: $75 – $150
    • Reservation by phone fee: $25 domestic, $35 international
    • Reservation (ticket issue) at airport or city ticket offices, including. Admirals Club: $35 domestic, $45 international
    • Unaccompanied minor fee: $150+ tax each way

    Baggage Fees

    • First checked bag fee: $25 (free for most international destinations)
    • Second checked bag fee: $35
    • Third checked bag fee: $150
    • Fourth checked bag fee: $200
    • Overweight bags: $100 for 51-70 lbs; $200 for 71-100 lbs
    • Oversize bags: $200
    • Pet fees: In-cabin: $125, checked: $200

    Frequent Flier/AAdvantage Fees

    • AAdvantage 500 mile upgrade: $40 (including taxes) per upgrade
    • AAdvantage award processing: $75 if booked 20 or fewer days before departure
    • Date/itinerary change: $150 (waived for Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum or Gold members)
    • Redeposit Miles: $150 (all additional award tickets returning to the same account at the same time are $25 each)
    • Same day change fee: $75

    Other Fees

    • Preferred seats: $4-$139 per flight; “Main Cabin Extra” seats $20-$195 per flight.
    • Priority boarding fee: $9-$74

  • 02 of 07

    The Top 7 U.S. Airlines Baggage, Ticketing, and Pet Fees

    Benet J. Wilson

    Ticketing Fees

    • Non-refundable ticket change fee: $200 to $500
    • Same day change fee: $75
    • Reservation by phone or ticket office fee: Previously $25-$35, now free!
    • Unaccompanied minor fee: $150+ ticket fare each way

    Baggage Fees

    • Carry on bag and one personal item: Free
    • First checked bag fee: $25 ($0 to international destinations except for Canada and Caribbean)
    • Second checked bag fee: $35 ($40-$100 for some international destinations)
    • Additional bags fee: $150 for the third bag; $200 each for bags 4-10
    • Overweight bags: $100 for 51-70lbs; $200 for 71-100lbs
    • Oversize bags: $150 – $300
    • Pet fees: In-cabin: $125 – $200, Checked: $200

    Frequent Flier/Sky Club Fees

    • In phone/in person ticketing: $25
    • Date/itinerary change: $150 (warning! no changes/cancellations are permitted within 72 hours of departure; all miles forfeited)
    • Redeposit miles: $150
    • Same day change fee: $50

    Other Fees

    • Preferred seats: Varies per flight.
    • Priority boarding fee: $15 per flight

  • 03 of 07

    The Top 7 U.S. Airlines Baggage, Ticketing, and Pet Fees

    United Airlines

    Ticketing Fees

    • Non-refundable ticket change fee: $200
    • Same day change fee: $75
    • Reservation by phone fee: $25
    • Unaccompanied minor fee: $150

    Baggage Fees

    • Carry on bag: Free
    • First checked bag fee: $25
    • Second checked bag fee: $35
    • Additional bags fee: $150 each (up to $200 on some international routes)
    • Overweight bags: $100 51-70lbs; $200 71-100lbs (up to $400 on some international routes)
    • Oversize bags: $200 (up to $200 on some international routes)
    • Pet fee: $125 in cabin; checked pets – check current rates

    Frequent Flier/Mileage Plus Fees

    • Last-minute ticketing: $75 if booked within 20 days of departure (Free to $50 for frequent flyer members with status)
    • In phone/in person ticketing: $25
    • Date/itinerary change: $75 if made 21 or more days prior to travel; $100 if made less than 21 days (lower or no fees for frequent flyer members with status)
    • Redeposit miles: Depends on the number of miles
    • Same day change fee: $75

    Other Fees

    • Seat selection fee: None, unless you choose an extra-legroom seat.
    • Other fees: “Premier Access” fee (priority check-in, TSA lines, and boarding) $9 and up per flight.

  • 04 of 07

    The Top 7 U.S. Airlines Baggage, Ticketing, and Pet Fees

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    Ticketing Fees

    • Non-refundable ticket change fee: Free
    • Same day change fee: None but any fare difference will apply
    • Reservation by phone fee: Free
    • Unaccompanied minor fee: $50 each way (up to 12)

    Baggage Fees

    • Carry on bag: Free
    • First checked bag: Free
    • Second checked bag: Free
    • Additional bags fee: $50 each for 3-9 bags; $110 each for more
    • Overweight bags: $75
    • Oversize bags: $75
    • Pet Fees: In-cabin: $95, Checked: not allowed

    Frequent Flier/Rapid Rewards Fees

    • In phone/in person ticketing: $0
    • Date/itinerary change: $0 (but any fare difference will apply)
    • Redeposit miles: $0
    • Same day change fee: depends on the type of award and possible point difference

    Other Fees

    • Seat selection fee: none
    • Priority Boarding fee: early bird check-in $12.50 each way

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  • 05 of 07

    The Top 7 U.S. Airlines Baggage, Ticketing, and Pet Fees

    JetBlue

    Ticketing Fees

    • Non-refundable ticket change fee: 
      • $75 (fares up to $99)
      • $100 (fares up to $149)
      • $150 (fares $149+)
    • Same-day change fee: $50 for Blue, Blue Plus and Mint fares
    • Unaccompanied minor fee: $100

    Baggage Fees

    • First checked bag: Free for Blue Plus, Blue Flex, and Mint fares; for Blue Same day, $25 for the first bag for all other passengers.
    • Second checked bag: $35
    • Additional bags fee: $100 each
    • Overweight bags: $100 for up to 51-99 lbs.
    • Oversize bags: $100 up to 63″ in (160 cm) – 80 in (203.3 cm)(including wheels and handles)
    • Pet flight fee: $100

    Frequent Flier/True Blue Fees

    • In phone/in person ticketing: $25
    • Redeposit Miles: $50-$100
    • Same day change fee: $50

    Other Fees

    • Seat selection fee: “Even More Space” seats with extra legroom: $10-$90 per flight.
    • “Even More Speed” expedited security screening (at available airports): $10-$14 for Blue and Blue Plus fares.

  • 06 of 07

    The Top 7 U.S. Airlines Baggage, Ticketing, and Pet Fees

    Alaska Airlines

    Ticketing Fees

    • Preferred Plus seats: $15-$50
    • Call center ticketing fee: $15
    • Paper itinerary mailing fee: $5
    • Partner award booking fee: $12.50
    • Same-day confirmed changes: $25
    • Change/cancellation fee for changes made less than 60 days prior to ticketed flight departure: $125
    • Ticket receipt research fee: $20
    • Unaccompanied minor service fee: $25-$50
    • Pet travel fee: $100
    • Left on board item return fee: $20

    Baggage Fees

    • First bag: $25 for bags that weigh up to 50 lbs and have a maximum dimension of 62″ (linear).
    • Second bag: $25.
    • Additional bags fee: $75 each.
    • Bags that weigh 51-100 lbs.: $75.
    • Bags with a linear dimension of 63-115″ (linear): $75.

  • 07 of 07

    The Top 7 U.S. Airlines Baggage, Ticketing, and Pet Fees

    Spirit Airlines

    Ticketing Fees

    • Boarding pass printed at airport kiosk: $2 per boarding pass
    • Boarding pass printed by airport agent: $10 per boarding pass
    • Unaccompanied minor fee: $100 per customer, each way
    • Pet transportation (Limit 4 pets total in the cabin): $110 per pet container, each way
    • Reservation center booking (including packages): $35 per booking
    • Group booking: $5 per booking
    • Spirit assigned seating at check-in: Free
    • Customer-requested seat assignments/regular seats: $1 to $50
    • Big Front Seats (in advance): $12 to $150
    • Big Front Seats (onboard upgrades—depending on flight length): $25 to $175

    Baggage Fees

    One personal item (purse, briefcase, laptop bag) per passenger fee is free.

    Baggage fees are determined by a few factors including destination and time of reservation. To calculate potential baggage fees, visit Spirit Airlines' optional services website.