American bag fees slashed for sports equipment, musical instruments

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Buzz60American Airlines is eliminating its hefty oversize bag fees for large sports equipment and musical instruments ahead of the summer travel season.Passengers checking items including surfboards, skis and bikes will now pay standard checked bag fees instead of an oversize bag fee of $150 each way on domestic flights. The fine print: like all checked bags, the items must not weigh more than 50 pounds or overweight bag fees of$150 for those items will kick in, though fees may vary.The savings are significant: American charges $30 each way for the first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag. American said the new policy, which takes effect immediately, was based on feedback from customers and employees.It also likely was a competitive move. Alaska Airlines eliminated a $75 surcharge for oversized sports equipment in 2017 and last year United Airlines cut the fees for surfboards on nonstop flights to and from CaliforniaAmerican said certain oversize items, including antlers, hang gliders, scuba tanks and kite/windsurfing gear, will still be subject to the flat $150 fee because they require special handling. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story:

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