Credit Cards That Offer Free Checked Bags on Airplanes

Nothing irritates airline passengers more than checked baggage fees. According to a Consumer Reports survey, airline passengers rank checked baggage fees as their greatest irritation, way ahead of other pet peeves such as crying children. The sentiment is similar to how bank customers felt when banks began to unapologetically nickel and dime customers with all sorts of ancillary fees after the financial crisis. The banks did it in response to decreasing interest rates which ate away at their profit margins. The airlines did it in response to increasing oil prices, which drove many of them into the red.

However, despite the recent decline in oil prices, the airlines not only continue to charge checked baggage fees, they continue to increase them. Why? Because, it brings in nearly $7 billion of revenue each year which makes their shareholders very happy.


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