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Southwest Airlines will keep its 'bags fly free' policy

Southwest Airlines will keep its 'bags fly free' policy

Southwest Airlines has no plans to bag its free-bag policy. Although every other major carrier in the industry now charges bag fees, Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Gary Kelly says it makes financial sense for his airline to retain its "bags fly free" policy. At a business travel conference in Orlando this week, Kelly was asked whether he would rethink his policy of charging no fees for the first two checked bags after JetBlue Airways began last month to charge at least $15 for the first checked bag. Until that change, JetBlue was the only other carrier to offer at least one free bag for all passengers. Although bag fees generate huge revenues for other carriers, Kelly...

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