United Airlines hikes long-haul bag fee

June 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

CHICAGO, June 11 (UPI) -- United Airlines said higher costs have forced the U.S. carrier to again raise its fees for a second bag on international flights, this time from $70 to $100.

The 43 percent hike comes a year after a 40 percent increase.

"This change reflects an increase in costs associated with carrying bags, such as fuel and handling," the airline said in a statement.

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that United's $100 fee matches Delta Air Lines, which also charges $100 for a second bag, though that fee is $80 with online check-in.

The larger fee is expected to give United "modest" returns, said Hunter Keay, an analyst with Wolfe Trahan & Co. in a report.

It is expected to increase revenue at United by $30 million per year, Keay said.

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