A host of airlines have announced plans to ramp up second checked bag charges, signalling an increasing trend that may allow airlines to cover the costs of rising fuel outlays and other challenges.
Virgin America already operated a second hold bag fee of $10 (£5), but is now increasing the sum to $25 for all of its destinations, starting from May 5th, with only First Class passengers exempted from the fee.
Joining Virgin America is fellow US-based carrier AirTran Airways, which is moving from a free second bag rule to a $10 fee, while Malaysian carrier AirAsia is now charging for all hold luggage, with pre-booked baggage coming at a lower cost and payment at check-in counter costing a higher MYR5 (£0.80).
The recent spate of baggage fees comes hot on the heels of new second bag fees from US Airways and United Airlines, with US Airways extending the policy to transatlantic customers while United confined it to domestic travellers only.
Harnessing the trend in checked baggage fees, Virgin America president David Cush said: "With the rising price of oil, this second bag fee will help us maintain our competitive fares and the high quality service that is our standard at Virgin America. We have a generous weight allowance for the first checked bag and have found that our passengers generally only check one bag, so we believe our guests will take this change in stride."