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Here’s how much U.S. airlines raked in on baggage fees in 2017

Baggage fees probably aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Here’s how much U.S. airlines raked in on baggage fees in 2017
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Airlines really, really want you to pack a bag—ideally a large one that you have to check—and millions of travelers are taking them up on it. At an average of $25 a pop, baggage fees helped the U.S. airline industry rake in $4.6 billion last year, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports.

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The fees are not the only way airlines are making a little pocket change. They made another $2.9 billion on reservation changes. According to ticket site Hopper, domestic travelers pay an average of $191 to change or cancel their flight, and that adds up.

All those little extras helped the country’s 23 airlines make an after-tax amount of $15.5 billion in 2017, up from $14 billion in 2016. So if you want to avoid giving airlines more of your hard-earned cash in the form of pesky fees, pack a small carry-on and don’t change your ticket.

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Melissa Locker is a writer and world renowned fish telepathist.

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