Baggage: How Much to Fly with a Second Suitcase?

How much to check a second bag? The answer is right here.
How much to check a second bag? The answer is right here.

The Worst Airlines for Checking a Second Bag

By Sierra Sumner

Very sleek and modern baggage inspection security checkpoints make getting through very easy versus other airports.
Very sleek and modern baggage inspection security checkpoints make getting through very easy versus other airports

Airlines can rack up the fees based off many factors: to pick your seat, when you board, and there are especially high fees for checking a second bag.

A standard airline will allow you to check one bag, but if you pack too much, you’re going to need more bags and that’s where you run into trouble.

A typical checked bag can weigh up to 23 kgs, but this causes problems if you’re going for a long trip or need to bring more items.

These fees can be over $1,000 US dollars! Here’s a list of the most expensive airlines to check a second bag.

Airline 
Route
Fees for 2nd bag in Euros/Metric System (exact)
Fees for 2nd bag in USD – US Customary System (approx.)

1. Emirates
A number of routes including London – Melbourne
Fee for second 23 kg bag £ for 25 kg*
$1333.51 for 55 lbs

2. Cathay Pacific
A Number of routes including London – Dubai
£1058 for 23 kg (£46* per additional kg)
$1182.61 for 50 lbs

3. Qatar Airways
A number of routes including London – Tokyo
£966 for 23 kg (£42** per additional kg
$1080 for 50 lbs

4. Qantas
A number of routes including London – Melbourne
£810 for 25 kg (£162*** per additional kg)
$905 per 50 lbs

5. Etihad Airways
A number of routes including London – Abu Dhabi
£92**** for 23 kg
$103 per 50 lbs

*(baggage only available in certain increments)

In the US, the fees for checking your first and second bag are lower:

Airline
First Checked Bag Fee
Second Checked Bag fee

Air Tran
$25
$35

Alaska
$25
$25

Allegiant
$14-35 if purchased online, $50-75 at airport
$14-35 if purchased online; $50-75 at airport

American
$25
$35

Delta
$25
$35

Frontier
$20 online, $25 at airport check-in
$30

Hawaiian
$25
$35

JetBlue
Free
$40

Southwest
Free
Free

Spirit
$25 for club members, $30-35 for nonmembers at online checkout ($45 if checked at the res desk in the airport, and $100 if checked at the gate)
$30-35 for Fare Club members, $40-45 for nonmembers

United
$0 to $25 flying international vs domestic
$35

US Airways
$0 to $25 flying international vs domestic
$25

Virgin America
$0 with refundable fare, $25 other

Send My Bag is an alternative to these high costs. They collect bags from your door and send it to where you need to go. Through partnering with third party carriers, they can send your bag for cheaper than paying pricey airline fees.

FlanabagsSend My Bag said the most common problems they have is that the shipment is a “miscollection or the person was travelling at the time.” Miscollection here means that the client was not home at the time of pickup. While there are some problems, “these problems have easy fixes,” said a Send My Bag customer service person. They can be redeliverable, but the customer needs to be home at the time.

While this does provide a strong alternative, the company is still getting into how to ship bags and how to meet their customers’ needs. They collect from your door and ship to where you want, but there are quite a few restrictions. “We can’t send most things,” said a customer service agent at Send My Bag. The company is currently expanding and working towards easier access for people to ship their bags at a lower cost.

Find out more about Send My Bag at their website.

Check out more travel alternatives:

Travel Lighter, Ship Your Luggage 

Best Budget Carry on Luggage for Travel: Top 6

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Sierra Sumner

Sierra Sumner

Sierra Sumner is a writer from Massachusetts, Hawaii and California. She loves the outdoors, such as hiking and kayaking, and has traveled all across the US. She hopes to continue her explorations and to encourage others to expand their horizons.
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