US Airways matches recent baggage fee increases

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — US Airways is raising baggage fees by $5 each way, per bag.

The higher fees are the same as those set in recent days by Delta, Continental, and United.

US Airways said on Friday it will charge $25 each way for the first bag, and $35 for a second bag. The increase takes effect for tickets purchased Monday for travel beginning Feb. 1. Travelers who pay in advance online will get a discount of $2 for the first bag fee and $3 for the second.

American Airlines is still charging $20 each way for a first bag, and $30 for the second.

Most of the big carriers added baggage fees in 2008. Southwest Airlines passengers can check two bags for free, and JetBlue passengers can check one for free.