Alaska Airlines hikes checked baggage fees

The fee for checked baggage through Alaska Airlines is on the rise. The Seattle-based airline has said it will raise its cost for checking the first and second checked bags on its flights to $25 starting Oct. 30. Alaska currently charges $20 per bag for the first three suitcases. After Oct. 30, the cost after two bags will jump to $75.

The change brings the airline’s charges in line with what most other airlines charge. The company is also increasing its fee to change tickets. Right now the cost to change tickets online is $75. It’s $100 if the change is made through a call center. The cost will increase to $125 for those who change within 59 days before the flight. Those who make changes 60 or more days from the day of travel will not be assessed a fee.

That increase is less than the $200 American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways adopted on change fees on domestic tickets last May, according to news reports.

Fee changes made by Alaska are expected to generate about $50 million in additional revenue each year.