Maybe you want to deplane quickly on your next flight. Or check your one piece of luggage for free. Or get a roomy row where your knees don't hit the seat in front of you. With airlines charging for these services individually, finding the best deal on a flight can prove complicated. Bankrate.com has combed the websites of some of the major U.S. airlines to help you compare prices on fees and find all the available discounts.

Checked bags within U.S.

  • First bag $25
    Second bag $35
    Third bag $125

     

    Checked bags (international)

    First bag Free ($25 to Canada)
    Second bag $35-$100
    Third bag $75-$285

     

    Overweight bag

    Charges start 50+ lbs $100

     

    Oversized bag

    Allowed dimensions vary $200

     

    United

     

    Checked bags within U.S.

    First bag $25*
    Second bag $35
    Third bag $125

     

    Checked bags (international)

    First bag Free* ($25 to Canada)
    Second bag Free-$100
    Third bag $125-$200

     

    Overweight bag

    Charges start 50+ lbs $100-$200

     

    Oversized bag

    Allowed dimensions vary $200

    *Customers must search for baggage fees by destination. These fees reflect the results of searches on popular destinations.

     

    Checked bags within U.S.

    First bag Free
    Second bag Free
    Third bag $75

     

    Checked bags (international -- through AirTran*)

    First bag $25
    Second bag $35
    Third bag $75

     

    Overweight bag

    Charges start 50+ lbs $75

     

    Oversized bag

    Allowed dimensions vary $75

    *AirTran and Southwest are merging, and AirTran offers the company's limited international flights.

     

    Checked bags within U.S.

    First bag $25
    Second bag $35
    Third bag $150

     

    Checked bags (international)

    First bag Free ($25 to Canada)
    Second bag $35-$100
    Third bag $75-$200

     

    Overweight bag

    Charges start 50+ lbs $100

     

    Oversized bag

    Allowed dimensions vary $200

     

    US Airways

     

    Checked bags within U.S.

    First bag $25
    Second bag $35
    Third bag $125

     

    Checked bags (international)

    First bag Free-$25
    Second bag Free-$100
    Third bag $85-$200

     

    Overweight bag

    Charges start 50+ lbs $90-$175

     

    Oversized bag

    Allowed dimensions vary $175

     

    Checked bags within U.S.

    First bag Free
    Second bag $40
    Third bag $75

     

    Checked bags (international)*

    First bag Free
    Second bag $40
    Third bag $75

     

    Overweight bag

    Charges start 50+ lbs $50-$100

     

    Oversized bag

    Allowed dimensions vary $75

    *Some destinations limited to two bags.

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    Checked bags within U.S.

    First bag $25
    Second bag $25
    Third bag $75

     

    Checked bags (international)

    First bag Free to $25
    Second bag $25
    Third bag $75

     

    Overweight bag

    Charges start 50+ lbs $75

     

    Oversized bag

    Allowed dimensions vary $75

     

    Checked bags within U.S.*

    Carry on bag $35
    First bag $30
    Second bag $40
    Third bag $85

     

    Checked bags (international)*

    Carry on bag $35
    First bag $30
    Second bag $40
    # limited on some flights

     

    Overweight bag

    41-50 lbs $25
    51-70 lbs $50
    71-99 lbs $100

     

    Oversized bag

    Allowed dimensions vary $100-$150

    *Pay for baggage fees online at booking. Baggage fees go up when paying for bags at online check-in or at the airport, reaching $100 to check a bag at the gate. Annual membership to $9 Fare Club for $59.95 provides access to discounted fares and reduced baggage fees, typically about $10 off per bag.

     

    Checked bags within U.S.

    Oversized carry on $35
    First bag $20*
    Second bag $30
    Third bag $75

     

    Checked bags (international)

    Oversized carry on $35
    First bag $20*
    Second bag $30
    Third bag $75

     

    Overweight bag

    Charges start 50+ lbs $75

     

    Oversized bag

    Allowed dimensions vary $75

    *Baggage fee is $20 online, $25 when paid at airport. Rate applies to economy fares only.

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    Checked bags within U.S.

    North America-Hawaii routes*
    First bag $25
    Second bag $35
    Third bag $100

     

    Checked bags (international)

    For flights starting in Hawaii
    First bag Free
    Second bag Free
    Third bag $150

     

    Overweight bag**

    Charges start 50+ lbs $50- $200

     

    Oversized bag**

    Allowed dimensions vary $100
    *Many rates are cheaper for travel between islands. ** Hawaii-North America routes.
  • Preferred seats: Typically aisle/window near front, bulkheads, exit rows. Comfort seating: May include extra legroom, seat location, more recline

     

    Preferred seats $9-$59
    Comfort seating $9 to $99, also includes priority boarding

     

    United Airlines

     

    Preferred seats United offers preferred seats and extra legroom under one fee called Economy Plus.
    Comfort seating Prices shown at checkout; flight from Chicago to San Francisco showed $83 to $109 fee each way; U.S. subscription: $499
    Preferred seats Not found on website
    Comfort seating Not found on website
    Preferred seats $4-$99
    Comfort seating $8-$159

     

    US Airways

     

    Preferred seats Prices shown at checkout; flight from Philadelphia to Phoenix showed seats for $89
    Comfort seating Not found on website
    Preferred seats JetBlue offers seats in preferred locations under its comfort seating fee called Even More Space.
    Comfort seating Price varies by route; includes priority boarding and access to faster security lanes

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    Preferred seats Certain high-mileage fliers and people with some refundable fares can request exit rows.
    Comfort seating Not found on website
    Preferred seats Choose your own seat costs $1 to $50
    Comfort seating Big seats in front are wider with additional legroom and no middle seat. $12 to $150
    Preferred seats Frontier offers different fare classes, with the top two tiers receiving the best seats.
    Comfort seating Stretch seating with extra legroom toward the front or in the exit row goes to top-priced fares or people who buy an upgrade, starting at $15.

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    Preferred seats $40; $75 for HNL-JFK includes priority boarding
    Comfort seating $60; $100 to/from New York comes with priority boarding, free snacks, in-seat entertainment, and pillow and blanket
  • Personal travel 2 bags free
    Active duty travel 4 bags free

     

    United Airlines

     

    Personal travel 3 bags free
    Official business travel 4 bags free
    Dependents' bags on travel orders Free
    Active duty travel 3rd+ bag free
    Personal travel or on order 2 bags free
    Dependents' bags on travel orders Free

     

    US Airways

     

    Personal travel 2 bags free
    For travel on orders 4 bags free
    Dependents' bags on travel orders Free
    For travel on orders 5 bags free
    If wearing uniform 5 bags free

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    For active duty military 5 bags free
    Dependents' bags on travel orders Free
    Not found on website
    For active duty personnel with ID. Doesn't cover travel companions; priority boarding if wearing uniform. Free bags

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    For personal travel 2 bags free
    For travel on orders 4 bags free
    Dependents' bags on travel orders Free
  • Loyalty program breaks on fees for high-mileage fliers; fee discounts typically start at 25,000 miles a year.

     

    SkyMiles

    Eligible for preferred seats, upgrades
    Discounted or free comfort seating
    Free checked baggage

     

    United Airlines

     

    MileagePlus

    Eligible for preferred seats, comfort seating
    Free checked baggage
    Priority baggage handling

     

    Rapid Rewards

    Free drink coupons
    35,000 miles gets priority check-in/security
    70,000 miles also free Wi-Fi

     

    AAdvantage*

    Priority boarding
    2-3 free checked bags
    Eligible for preferred seats, comfort seating
    Free food at 100,000 miles

    *American and US Airways are merging, and customers can earn perks through both loyalty programs.

     

    US Airways

     

    Dividend Miles

    Eligible for preferred seats, priority check-in, early boarding, free checked baggage, upgrades

     

    TrueBlue

    No breaks on fees found on website

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    Mileage Plan

    Eligible for free checked baggage, faster security, preferred seats
    Free premium drink and entertainment player at 75,000 miles

     

    FREE SPIRIT

    No breaks on fees found on website

     

    EarlyReturns

    Eligible for priority check-in, boarding and security lines, comfort/preferred seating

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    HawaiianMiles

    Eligible for free baggage, priority boarding, preferred seats, discounted upgrades, lounge access
  • Credit card breaks on fees

     

    First bag free, also for companions
    Priority boarding
    20% off food, drinks, entertainment
    Discounts on Sky Club

     

    United Airlines

     

    First bag free, also for one companion
    Priority boarding
    Two one-time passes each year for United Club
    None found on website
    First bag free, also for four companions
    Priority boarding
    25% off food, drinks, headsets

     

    US Airways

     

    Check in at first class counter
    Group 2 boarding
    One day pass a year for US Airways Club
    50% off movies, food, alcoholic drinks, pillows and blankets

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    None found on website
    Priority boarding at some airports
    Not found on website

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    Free access to $6.99 TV and More package on seatback screens
  • Priority boarding $10

     

    United Airlines

     

    Priority boarding Starts at $9, includes priority check-in, security lines; flight from Atlanta to Chicago showed $38 fee round trip
    Priority boarding Buy upgraded boarding for $40 per flight segment; EarlyBird Check-In $12.50 per person gives better chance of earlier boarding group
    Priority boarding $9 to $40; customers without overhead luggage board after priority boarding

     

    US Airways

     

    Priority boarding Starts at $10 each way, including priority check-in and security lines, where available
    Priority boarding JetBlue's comfort seating fee offers priority boarding.

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    Priority boarding Only found for high-mileage fliers on website.
    Priority boarding Details not found on website
    Priority boarding People who buy stretch seating board among the first group.

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    Priority boarding Available for frequent flier club members and those buying preferred seats or comfort seats
  • Children traveling alone: $100

     

    United Airlines

     

    Children traveling alone: $150
    Children traveling alone: $50
    Children traveling alone: $100

     

    US Airways

     

    Children traveling alone: $100; two checked bags free
    Children traveling alone: $100

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    Children traveling alone: $25 nonstop flights; $50 connecting flights; no fee for children with high mileage levels
    Children traveling alone: $100 includes snack and drink
    Children traveling alone: $100 for most fares; price starts March 24; no fee for children with high mileage levels

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    Children traveling alone: $100, up to two children from one family can be covered by one fee
  • Checked pets $200
    Cargo pets $178-$1,220.42
    Cabin pets $125

     

    United Airlines

     

    Checked pets --
    Cargo pets $75-$659
    Cabin pets $125
    Checked pets Not offered
    Cargo pets Not offered
    Cabin pets $95
    Checked pets $175
    Cargo pets --
    Cabin pets $125

     

    US Airways

     

    Checked/cargo pets $150- $175
    Cabin pets $125
    Checked/cargo pets Not offered
    Cabin pets $100

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    Checked/cargo pets $100 each way; not allowed some dates
    Cabin pets $100
    Checked/cargo pets Not offered
    Cabin pets $100
    Checked/cargo pets Not offered
    Cabin pets $75-$125

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    Checked pets $22
    Cabin pets $175, limited availability
  •  

    Cheapest snack to buy

    Pringles $3

     

    Drinks

    Beer $6
    Standout menu item*
    Corned beef sandwich on pretzel roll $8.50

     

    United

     

    Cheapest snack to buy

    Pringles $3.29

     

    Drinks

    Beer Price not found on website
    Standout menu item*
    Artisan cheese plate with crackers, fruit spread, grapes and chocolate $7.99

     

    Cheapest snack to buy

    No food; Vitaminwater $3

     

    Drinks

    Beer $5
    Standout menu item*
    Not available --

     

    Cheapest snack to buy

    Caramel sea salt brownie $3.29

     

    Drinks

    Beer $6
    Standout menu item*
    Caramel pink sea salt brownie $3.29

     

    US Airways

     

    Cheapest snack to buy

    Pringles or almond MandM's $3

     

    Drinks

    Beer $7
    Standout menu item*
    Chicken harvest salad $8.59

     

    Cheapest snack to buy

    Beef jerky or nut mix $4.50

     

    Drinks

    Alcoholic drinks $6-$9
    Standout menu item*
    Beef up box: salami, peppercorn cheese cup, almond bar, pita chips, crackers $6

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    Cheapest snack to buy

    Kids' pack includes Pirate's Booty, turkey stick, applesauce. $6

     

    Drinks

    Beer $6
    Standout menu item*
    Hawaiian pancakes, on flights to/from Hawaii $6

     

    Cheapest snack to buy

    MandM Cookies, Pringles, muffin $2.50

     

    Drinks

    Water (no free drinks) $3
    Beer $7
    Standout menu item*
    5-hour Energy drink $4.99

     

    Cheapest snack to buy

    Apple pie Larabar $1.99

     

    Drinks

    Water; no free drinks in lower-cost seats $1.99
    Beer $4.99-6.49
    Standout menu item*
    Kashi oatmeal $2.99

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    Cheapest snack to buy

    Free meals offered on many flights; snacks and food for purchase $3

     

    Drinks

    Beer $6.50-$7.50
    Standout menu item*
    Hawaiian barbecue chicken with wine and macadamia nut chocolate Free

    *Standout menu item (availability varies by routes, flight times).

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    Movie options and headset

    Movies on demand on in-cabin screens $6
    Headset $6

     

    Internet, Phone

    Passes starting price $1.95
    24-hour pass $14
    One-month pass $39.95
    Annual pass $469.95

     

    United

     

    Movie options and headset

    Streaming/on demand Price not found
    DirecTV $5.99+
    Headset Free

     

    Internet, Phone

    Per flight segment $4.99+

     

    Movie options and headset

    Streaming movie $5
    Headset Not offered

     

    Internet, Phone

    Inflight Wi-Fi $8

     

    Movie options and headset

    Streaming movie on own device $3.99
    In-cabin movies also offered --
    Headset $6

     

    Internet, Phone

    30 minutes on phone $2
    30 minutes on laptop $3-$4.50
    One flight segment on laptop $4.95-$21.95
    Day pass $14-$21.95

     

    US Airways

     

    Movie options and headset

    In-cabin movies offered --
    For movies on long flights Free

     

    Internet, Phone

    Single flight $4.95+
    All-day pass $14
    Monthly pass $39.95

     

    Movie options and headset

    In-cabin movies $5.99
    Headset $3

     

    Internet, Phone

    Basic Web browsing (through June 2014) Free
    High-bandwidth access $9/hour

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    Movie options and headset

    Reservation for an airline entertainment device $8-$10
    One set comes with reserved entertainment player

     

    Internet, Phone

    Starting price $1.95
    All-day pass $14.95
    Monthly pass $39.95

     

    Movie options and headset

    Not found on website.

     

    Headset

    Not found on website.
    Internet, Phone
    Not offered.

     

    Movie options and headset

    Access in cabin to DirecTV movies $3.99-$7.99
    Headset info not found on website.

     

    Internet, Phone

    Varies by flight; not detailed on website --
    Frequent fliers can buy monthly pass $24.95

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    Movie options and headset

    Seatback screen $4.99-$7.99
    Overhead movies in some planes Free
    Tablet rental $15-$17

     

    Headset

    Two headsets come with tablet rental; souvenir headset available to buy, no price found
    Internet, Phone
    Not offered
  •  

    Blanket and pillow

    Not found on website

     

    United Airlines

     

    Blanket and pillow

    Available on international flights; not specified on website whether there is a cost

     

    Blanket and pillow

    None found on website

     

    Blanket and pillow

    None found on website

     

    US Airways

     

    Blanket and pillow

    $8 for blanket.

     

    Blanket and pillow

    $7 for bag with fleece blanket, inflatable neck pillow, earplugs and eyeshades

     

    Alaska Airlines

     

    Blanket and pillow

    $5 to $6, sold separately

     

    Blanket and pillow

    Not offered

     

    Blanket and pillow

    Not found on website

     

    Hawaiian Airlines

     

    Blanket and pillow

    Free pillow and blanket comes with comfort seats

 

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