We didn’t know how airlines would find another way to irritate our wanderlust souls but somehow they did. According to TIME, British Airways, American Airlines, and their alliance partners have created another reason for you to pay additional baggage fees. “How sway,” you ask? Well, when you and other passengers book two separate tickets for connecting flights, you’ll be charged extra baggage fees.
“For many carriers now, when you change planes, you must collect your checked bags, go through security again, and pay a second time for the next leg of your trip. This policy change doesn’t apply if you booked both flights on the same ticket. The story is different, though, should you split the trip into two tickets: Perhaps because, for your trip’s second leg, you found a better fare on another airline, or you use frequent flyer miles. Then get ready to lug your bags around the layover terminal and pay twice,” reported TIME.
TIME also pointed out that the additional charges travelers face help airline companies maintain their finances since the 2008 Recession caused many to shut down or downsize. Because of this, most airlines found it to be profitable to charge additional baggage or traveling fees. Unfortunately for travelers, this method has worked, as major airline companies have grown 7.4 percent from 2015, allowing them to earn a lofty $3.8 billion. However, despite these companies having a financial safety cushion if the market ever plunges again, they are creating a large divide between people who can afford to travel and those who cannot.