JetBlue Raised Checked Bag Fees by $10

by Anthony Losanno
JetBlue A320

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JetBlue has been in the news quite a bit lately and most of it has not been good. Its attempt to takeover Spirit Airlines has stalled and a subsequent appeal of the judge’s ruling won’t see a courtroom until June. It lost money in Q4 of last year and expects to lose more this quarter. The low-cost carrier is looking for ways to stop some of the bleeding and seems to have landed on raising bag fees as a way to generate extra cash.


While no official announcement was made, it looks like JetBlue has increased the cost to check bags sometime since February 1st. The higher checked bag fees are only for domestic itineraries. The cost for the first checked bag now is $35 and a second will cost you $50. Bag fees must be purchased 24 hours before departure or earlier in order to secure these rates. If you wait until check in to pay for your checked bag, the fees increase by $10 to $45 for the first bag and $60 for the second.

JetBlue Mosaic elite members and passengers in Mint (Business Class) will still receive a baggage allowance of two free checked bags. JetBlue justifies the increased rates for other passengers based on having to pay higher wages, increased fuel costs, and inflationary pressure.

Anthony’s Take: I refuse to check a bag, but if you do, expect to pay more. American Airlines also increased fees this week and it won’t be long before Delta and United follow suit.

(Image Credits: JetBlue and Ralf Geithe.)

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