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Americans Spent an Extra $7.1 Billion in Baggage and Change Fees Last Year

September 21, 2017

Via: Fortune

Flying is already pricy, but Americans spent an extra $7.1 billion in baggage and flight change fees alone last year, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The report also showed that revenue from the two optional extra charges has increased over the past six years. In 2010, the 11 U.S. airlines made $6.3 billion on the combined fees.

Baggage fee revenues increased 12% going from $3.7 billion in 2010 to $4.2 billion in 2016, the report found, while money collected from flight changes increase a bit more going from $2.5 billion in 2010 to $2.9 billion last year — a 14% increase.

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