JetBlue Raises Checked Bag Fees Again

by Anthony Losanno
JetBlue A320

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In February, JetBlue raised checked bag fees by $10. Now, the cash-strapped carrier is back again to try to eke out even more cash from passengers with a dynamic pricing scheme.

JetBlue Baggage Fees 1

With dynamic pricing, you can expect to pay up to $40 for your first checked bag and up to $60 for your second during peak travel days if purchased more than 24 hours before departure.

JetBlue Baggage Fees 2

These fees increase even more when purchased within 24 hours. Fees climb up to $50 and $70, respectively.

Unfortunately, peak travel days amount to about 50% of the year including the summer vacation season and the days around Thanksgiving, Christmas, President’s Day, and more. The following dates are highlighted on JetBlue’s site as falling within the peak period: 4/11-4/29/24, 6/20-9/3/24, 11/21-12/2/24, 12/19/24-1/6/25, 2/13-2/24/25, and 4/3-4/28/25.

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: Increasing fees will only push passengers to attempt to schlep more on the plane as carry-on baggage, which will then slowdown boarding. JetBlue is looking for a cash grab after all of its financial turmoil this year and this isn’t going to be good for anyone.

(Featured Image Credit: JetBlue.)

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