CHICAGO – Checking a suitcase on United Airlines becomes more expensive.
The first paid bag for flights now costs $ 30 – from $ 25 – for flights in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The second checked bag now costs $ 40, compared to $ 35.
United said in a statement that the change will allow the airline to "continue to invest in the overall customer experience in today's market."
It added that passengers with MileagePlus "receive Premier status in the airline's loyalty program and customers who buy their ticket with a valid MileagePlus credit card will continue to receive free checked-in luggage."
Earlier this week, JetBlue announced that the price of checked baggage had also risen $ 5 per bag. Air Canada and its low-cost competitor WestJet also increased their checked baggage prices by a similar amount.
United's biggest rivals, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, charge $ 25 for the first checked bag and $ 35 for the second bag on many routes. American and Delta did not want to tell CNN if they wanted to follow United's train.
The price hike comes at a time when airlines are struggling with rising fuel and labor costs. The International Air Transport Association, a global industry group, has reduced its forecast for the overall profit of the global airline industry by 12 percent in 2018
] a seat. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, US airlines collected $ 4.6 billion in baggage charges in 2017.
United reported better results than the second quarter. Since a controversial year in 2017, the share has risen by 27 percent since the beginning of the year.