Despite a drop in fuel prices, airlines are still charging checked-baggage fees.
The reason is simple: Airlines are losing money, though now that's mostly due to the recession rather than the cost of fuel.
Passengers are having to pay, on average, $15 for the first bag and $25 for the second.
Airlines are not expected to waive the fee even when the economy rebounds. They're finding the fees to be a reliable source of revenue. The industry is expected to lose $4 billion in 2008.
Some travelers bypass the fees by packing less. Airlines also typically waive fees for passengers who have elite status in their frequent flier clubs, first-class passengers, and travelers on international flights.
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