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  • Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Student Travelers Rejoice - Not All Airlines Are Jumping on Carry-On Fees Bandwagon

    Filed Under: Health Insurance
Two more airlines made news last week by announcing they would be charging for what were once standard activities: using the restroom and carrying on baggage. But this week, international student travelers received good news as five airlines declared they would not be charging for carry-ons.

In the last few years, airlines have had to get creative with their revenue-generating strategies for a number of reasons. First, the increasing cost of fuel made air travel less profitable. Then the economic collapse felt around the world took away many passengers' ability to afford to fly, leaving airlines in a difficult spot.

As such, they've had to think up creative ways to make up for shortfalls. This has included eliminating amenities like meals or snacks, and charging for other once-standard items.

But according to a CNN article, New York Senator Chuck Schumer announced that five airlines will not be implementing fees for carry-on baggage. American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, US Airways, and United Airlines all assured the Senator they would not be adding these fees. This will all come as a welcome relief to student travelers who have fewer financial resources to afford extra fees. Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

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