- Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines have two of the most expensive baggage costs.
- Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, and Spirit Airlines make passengers pay to bring a carry-on.
- Southwest is the only airline listed that consistently allows passengers of all classes two free pieces of standard-size checked bags.
The United States has many airlines, both big and small, that fly many routes. Many are known for their quality, safety, and punctuality. Checking baggage can be an expensive part of flying. In order to avoid surprise fees, read this list to see the baggage fees of airlines in the United States from best to worst.
10. Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines has the best baggage policy out of all the listed airlines. The airline allows passengers one free carry-on and two free pieces of checked luggage. Additional pieces of luggage will cost passengers $75 USD apiece.
9. Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines often allows passengers both one free carry-on and one free checked bag. However, passengers traveling shorter distances within Canada, the US, and Mexico may be charged $30 USD for their first checked bag and $40 to $75 USD for the second.
8. Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines allows passengers one free carry-on but charges $25 to $35 USD for the first checked bag. The second and third checked bags cost $35 to $40 USD and $50 to $100 USD.
7. Alaska Airlines
Passengers on Alaska Airlines get one free carry-on. However, Alaska Airlines charges $30 USD for the first checked bag, $40 USD for the second checked bag, and $100 USD each for third and additional bags.
Passengers on JetBlue flights get to bring one free carry-on bag. Some fares include one to two free checked bags, but those who purchased the basic fare will be charged $30 USD for the first checked bag, $40 USD for the second, and $150 USD for any more bags.
5. United Airlines
Passengers on United flights get one free carry-on. International passengers may get up to two free checked bags but could be charged $60 USD for their first bag and $100 to $150 USD for the second depending on the route they are traveling. Domestic passengers will have to pay $30 USD for the first checked bag, $40 USD for the second bag, and $150 USD for each additional bag.
4. American Airlines
American Airlines allows passengers one free carry-on. While some high-status rewards members will get up to three bags checked for free, most standard passengers traveling within America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America will have to pay $30 USD for their first checked bag and $40 to $70 USD for a second bag. Passengers on transatlantic flights will be charged $60 USD and $100 USD for their first and second bags.
3. Allegiant Air
Passengers on Allegiant Air will be charged $10 to $75 USD for their carry-on bag and $20 to $50 USD for each checked bag. Bags surpassing 80” in height, width, or length will be charged an additional $50 to $75 USD.
2. Frontier Airlines
Frontier Airlines have some of the highest costs for carry-on and checked bags. Passengers flying with Frontier will have to pay $30 to $60 USD just to bring a carry-on bag. Their first checked bag will cost $30 to $50 USD, the second checked bag will cost $45 to $55 USD, and any additional bags will be $85 to $95 USD.
1. Spirit Airlines
Narrowly beating Frontier, Spirit Airlines top this list of the most expensive baggage costs. Carry-on baggage will cost Spirit Airlines passengers $26 to $76 USD. The first checked bag will cost $21 to $65 USD, the second will cost $31 to $60 USD, and the third to fifth bags will cost $76 to $100 USD each.