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Air France announced today that the airline will start charging $50 (or €50, depending on point of departure) for passengers’ second checked bags, for economy passengers flying between the United States and Europe.
The new baggage policy will take effect with tickets issued after November 1, 2009. Previously, passengers were allowed to check two bags, free of charge.
Here is the new policy, as announced by Air France:
Effective with tickets issued November 1, 2009, Air France will introduce a revised baggage policy for customers traveling in Economy Class between the US and Europe including Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia (see complete list below*). Passengers will be able to check one bag, weighing up to 50 pounds (23 kilos), free of charge. If passengers would like to check a second bag, with the same maximum weight allowance, they may do so for a fee of $50 for all flights departing from the US or 50 Euros for all flights departing from Europe. Additionally, the fee for checked bags weighing between 50 and 70 pounds (23 to 32 kilos) will increase from 50 dollars or Euros to 100 dollars or Euros. Beyond the second checked bag, additional bags of the same maximum weight will be charged 200 dollars or Euros.**
Thus, Cheapos, really think twice before checking a second bag. If you’re flying between the US and Paris, that bag will end up costing you $125 — $50 to get it to Paris and $75 (or 50 euros) to get it home.