Airlines Collected $3.5 Billion in Baggage Fees in 2012

Baggage fees were a boon for airlines in 2012, raking in nearly $3.5 billion, the Chicago Tribune reports. Flight change fees brought in an additional $2.55 billion, the government says. With total revenue for 2012 at $159.5 billion and expenses at $153.6, it's the baggage and change fees that helped airlines stay in the black. While it doesn't make it any more pleasant for us to shell out for checked bags and hefty change fees, we are happy to see that the revenue seems necessary. What do you think? Would you rather airlines increase ticket prices and eliminate the nickel-and-diming? Or do you think the fees should remain in place?

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