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United Airlines adds fee for second bags

United Airlines said on Thursday it will begin charging to check a second piece of luggage on flights between the U.S. and Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean, following the lead of American and Delta.
/ Source: The Associated Press

United Airlines said on Thursday it will begin charging to check a second piece of luggage on flights between the U.S. and Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

United said it would charge $45 to check a second bag online and $50 to check it at the airport for flights to Europe, including Russia, beginning with tickets purchased on Sept. 30 for travel beginning Dec. 15.

For flights between the U.S. and Mexico or the Caribbean, passengers will pay $30 to check a second bag at the airport, or $27 if they check it online.

United said it won't charge the fees to first- or business-class fliers, some elite frequent fliers, or active-duty military personnel traveling on orders.

United's fee for flights to Europe is similar to fees announced in recent months by AMR Corp.'s American (which begins with tickets purchased on Sept. 14) and Delta Air Lines Inc. (which began for tickets purchased on May 23). United is expanding on those carriers' fees by adding Mexico and the Caribbean, though.

UAL shares rose $1.15, or 17.8 percent, to close at $7.60 after an analyst upgraded the shares earlier in the day.