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Airlines that charge highest fees in the sky

Last updated on: February 12, 2013 11:51 IST

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Travelling by air is becoming costlier every year, and it's not just tickets that are getting expensive. Airlines are not only charging for water and food, but also for booking over the phone and for extra legroom.

Let's take a look at airlines that charge highest fees in the sky.

Source: Business Insider

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Image: A passenger at the Maynard H Jackson Junior International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Photographs: Tami Chappell/Reuters
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American Airlines

Extra suitcase: $150

First checked bag: $25

Booking fee: $25 by phone, $20-35 in person

Advanced seat selection: $4-$99 per segment for preferred seats

In-flight snacks: $4-$10 for food, $6-$7 for drinks

Total possible fees: $1,119

Overall rank: 1

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Image: American Airlines planes sit at their gates while others taxi for arrival and departure at O'Hare International airport in Chicago, United States.
Photographs: Frank Polich/Reuters

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Spirit Airlines

First checked bag: $30-100

Booking fee: $11-19 per direction online, $21-29 per direction by phone, $2 in person

Advanced seat selection: $1-50 per segment

In-flight snacks: $1-10 for food, $1-15 for drinks

Total possible fees: $1,078

Overall rank: 2

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Image: A passenger plane flies in to land at Heathrow Airport in west London, United Kingdom.
Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters

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Delta Airlines

Oversized baggage fees: $175

First checked bag: $25

Booking fee: $25-35 on phone or in person

Advanced seat selection: $9-59 per segment for preferred seats

In-flight snacks: $0-10 for food, $5-7 for drinks

Total possible fees: $1,035

Overall rank: 3

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Image: An employee de-ices the wing of a Delta plane at Munich's international airport early in Germany.
Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters

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Hawaiian Airlines

First checked bag: $25 on the mainland, $17 inter-island

Booking fee: $35 in person, $25 for mainland flights and $15 for inter-island flights by phone

Advanced seat selection: $35-75 per direction for preferred seats

In-flight snacks: $6-14 for food, $7-12 for drinks

Total possible fees: $936

Overall rank: 4

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Image: A Hawaiian Airlines plane undergoes de-icing before takeoff at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seatac, Washington, United States.
Photographs: Cliff DesPeaux/Reuters

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US Airways

Charges for pillows and blankets: $7

First checked bag: $25

Booking fee: $25 by phone, $35 in person

Advanced seat selection: $5-$99 per segment for preferred seats

In-flight snacks: $3-8 for food, $1-7 for drinks

Total possible fees: $916

Overall rank: 5

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Image: A US Airways flight takes off from Bangor Airport in Maine, United States.
Photographs: Joel Page/Reuters

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United Airlines

Oversized baggage fees: $200

First checked bag: $25

Booking fee: $25 by phone, $30 in person

Advanced seat selection: $0

In-flight snacks: $3-10 for food, $6-7 for drinks

Total possible fees: $864

Overall rank: 6

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Image: United Airlines planes take off and land at San Francisco Airport in California, United States.
Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Virgin America

Fees for extra legroom: $129

First checked bag: $25

Booking fee: $20 by phone

Advanced seat selection: $20 per segment for preferred seats

In-flight snacks: $3-9 for food, $2-8 for drinks

Total possible fees: $671

Overall rank: 7

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Image: A Virgin America flight lands in San Francisco, California, United States.
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Virgin America

First checked bag: $25

Booking fee: $0

Advanced seat selection: $0-31 per direction for standard seats, $0-46 for preferred seats

In-flight snacks: $3-7 for food, $6-7 for drinks

Total possible fees: $597

Overall rank: 8

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Image: An Air Canada aircraft takes off after snowfall at Heathrow Airport in London, United Kingdom.
Photographs: Neil Hall/Reuters

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JetBlue

First checked bag: $0

Booking fee: $20 by phone or in person

Advanced seat selection: $0

In-flight snacks: Up to $6 for snacks or $12 for drinks

Total possible fees: $579

Overall rank: 9

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Image: A JetBlue aircraft makes its way from the terminal at JFK International Airport in New York, United States.
Photographs: Keith Bedford/Reuters

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Allegiant Air

First checked bag: $15-$75 per segment

Booking fee: $10/segment online, or $10/segment + $15/direction by phone

Advanced seat selection: $1-$75/segment

In-flight snacks: $2-$13

Total possible fees: $558

Overall rank: 10


Image: An Allegiant Air MD-83 passenger jet takes off from the Monterey airport in Monterey, California, United States.
Photographs: Michael Fiala/Reuters

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