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It’s frustrating trying to be #TeamCarryOn and make sure you board in time to get your bag in an overhead bin, right? Sometimes, it’s just easier to check a bag. And the airline would certainly benefit from quicker boarding if it didn’t charge to check bags.

So of course American Airlines went the other way and raised the fees to check a bag starting with tickets purchased today.

Domestic flights will now cost you $40 to check one single bag (it was $30 before – inflation, right??)

Short-haul international flights that were also $30 jumped less, to $35. Think Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, primarily.

If you ticketed by yesterday, old fees apply and you can save $5 by paying to check online (web or app) starting 24 hours before your flight. 

Of course, often times due to the limited overhead bin space they’ll offer to check a bag free at the gate, so depending on the bag size you could always gamble.

Or you could grab an American Airlines credit card that waives checked bag fees (number of people it waives for varies by card).


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