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United Airlines raises checked bag fees effective Feb. 24

United Airlines announced Friday that it will increase baggage fees, following similar actions by American Airlines and JetBlue earlier this week.

United Airlines announced in a statement to Fox News Digital that it is increasing checked baggage fees for customers traveling to North America.

Economy class passengers on United’s domestic flights will pay an additional $5 and the first checked bag fee will increase to $40.

The cost for a second checked bag will also increase from $45 if prepaid online to $50 at the airport.

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Juan Chavez handles baggage being unloaded from a plane as it lands at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images/File/Getty Images)

The new policy will apply to tickets purchased on or after Saturday, February 24, the airline said.

The Chicago-based airline announced it has not increased baggage fees in four years.

United Chase credit cardholders, MileagePlus Premier members, active-duty military and premium cabin customers will continue to be able to check their bags for free, the airline said.

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A United Airlines plane heads to the runway at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. (Gary Hershawn/Getty Images File/Getty Images)

The airline said it is updating all its mainline aircraft with new, larger bins designed to accommodate more carry-on baggage.

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Passengers unload their luggage at Terminal C at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images/File/Getty Images)

The news comes as American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue recently increased baggage fees.

According to IdeaWorks Co. and CarTrawler’s annual report.He ranks among the top 20 airlines in the world Last year, it generated more than $33 billion in revenue from baggage fees.

The report said baggage fees are considered “an important component of ancillary revenue” that helps airlines offset other costs.

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In 2023, this $33 billion accounted for about 4.1% of global airline revenue. It was also a 15% increase from the $29 billion the companies collected in 2022.

FOX News’ Daniela Genovese contributed to this report.

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