JetBlue starts charging baggage fees.

JetBlue Airbus A320 photo by Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

JetBlue baggage fees are here. The carrier announced that anyone buying a ticket after June 30, 2015, will be charged $25 for the first checked bag. That leaves only one US airline still offering free bag check: Southwest Airlines.

The days of carefree packing and traveling with more than three ounces of liquids, all for free, is over for JetBlue flyers. It’s not a happy day for families who saw the ability to check bags, leaving them with free hands to wrangle children.

JetBlue Baggage Fees

JetBlue first started talking about charging baggage fees back in November 2014. But there were no details – until now. Jet Blue has several fare options available, including Blue (the cheapest fare), Blue Plus (the middle tier fare) , Blue Flex (top-tier) and Mint (premium first class fare). Unless you are traveling Blue Plus, Blue Flex or Mint, there will be a surcharge for checking your bags.

Under the new JetBlue baggage fees:

  • Blue fare flyers will pay $20 for the first checked bag fee IF they pay the bag fee online during web check-in or at a kiosk. The fee for the first bag rises to $25 at the check-in counter. Checking a second bag costs $35.
  • For Blue Plus fares, one checked bag is included and the second checked bag fee is $35.
  • For Blue Flex fares, two checked bags are included
  • For Mint Fares, two checked bags are included.

JetBlue had previously allowed customers who flew Blue, the least expensive fare, to check one bag for free. As of July 7, 2015, there will be a fee. This leaves Southwest as the one remaining airline that will allow customers to check their bags for free.

Our advice: Learn to pack light and travel only with a carry on, at least until the airlines implement the smaller bag sizes for carry on luggage they have been pushing.