United Airlines matches baggage fee increases

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — United Airlines is joining the latest round of increases to baggage fees.

The move by United follows increases by Delta and Continental last week.

United will now charge $25 to check the first bag and $35 for the second. That’s $5 more than before. It takes effect on tickets bought beginning Thursday for travel after Jan. 21.

The new fees are the same at Continental and Delta. Airlines discount the fees by a few dollars for travelers who pay online in advance instead of at the airport.

An American Airlines spokesman says they have not changed their fees, but they’re studying the moves by the other airlines. Southwest Airlines does not charge to check the first two bags.