Air travelers once could assume they had completely paid for their air travel after they bought their plane tickets, but this often is no longer the case. Many airlines require travelers to pay to check bags. Usually the more bags a traveler checks, the more he must pay. A few airlines still allow travelers to check baggage free, but many more charge baggage fees.
*The following are North America Airlines that don’t charge baggage fees:
Air Canada does not charge air travelers for their first checked bag. Likewise — as is true with virtually all airlines — there is no charge for carry-on items. Travelers who want to check a second piece of luggage pay $30. Travelers who have three or more bags must pay $100 per bag for the third and any other bags. Air Canada charges $75 per bag for overweight bags, which are those that weigh 51 to 70 lbs.
JetBlue does not charge travelers for the first bag they check; however, the second checked bag costs $35. The third bag and all subsequent bags cost travelers $75 per bag. Overweight bags that weigh 51 to 70 lbs. cost travelers an additional $50. Bags 71 to 100 lbs. carry $100 fees.
Southwest In addition to not charging fliers for their first checked bag, Southwest sets itself apart from other airlines because it also does not charge for a second checked bag. Southwest travelers must pay $50 each for the third through ninth bag. Bag No. 10 and any subsequent bags cost $110 each. Southwest will accept bags that weigh as much as 100 lbs., but all bags that weigh 51 to 100 lbs. cost the traveler an additional $50.
WestJet fliers also are able to check their first bag for free. Travelers should expect to pay $20 for their second bag and $50 for a third or fourth bag. WestJet will charge a penalty fee of $50 on any checked bag that weighs more than 50 lbs. The airline will not allow passengers to check luggage that weighs more than 100 lbs.