Just a few years ago JetBlue was one of the few airlines offering free checked bags. That fee increased to $15, $20, and then $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second bag.
Ben Baldanza, former Spirit CEO, joined JetBlue’s board of directors last week, so it’s no surprise to see the airline look for more ways to hike fees.
Next week JetBlue will raise the fee for the first checked bag to $30 and the fee for a second checked bag to $40.
The fee for a third bag or for overweight or oversized bags will increase from $100 to $150. Fees for sporting equipment and pets will also go up.
Change fees for tickets of $200 or more, including Mint Class, will go up to $200.
The fees are rumored to go into effect sometime between Monday and Friday next week. In general fees only apply to new tickets, so if you buy a ticket now you should not be affected by next week’s changes.
I’d guess that American, Delta, and United will be happy to follow along with increased baggage fees. Luckily, airline credit cards cover bag fees!
JetBlue still retains the advantage for customers as they don’t have basic economy fares, offer free speedy WiFi and live TV, and offer free snacks, but we’ll see how long those perks last…