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Here’s how much each U.S. airline earned from baggage and cancellation fees last year

Excerpt from The Atlantic Wire

Jan 12, 2013 11:40 am

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What if fees are actually beneficial, and fair, to flyers? Airlines’ reliance on fees keeps base airfares lower than they’ve been in decades while the extra costs are based on individual circumstance.

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Last year, Americans likely spent more than $6 billion in baggage, cancellation, and change fees, on top of their ticket price, in 2012. The Bureau of Transportation only has data through the first nine months of last year, but total fees are up about 4 percent over previous years.

Here’s a look at total fees by airline:

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