How to Get Free Checked Baggage on Major U.S. Airlines

JetBlue Airways

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JetBlue raised their checked baggage prices by $5 in August of last year, making them the fourth company to do so. When flying on an economy flight, you’ll be required to pay for your bag(s) on both legs of the trip.

JetBlue’s extensive baggage policy is here.

Baggage Fees

  • First bag: $30
  • Second bag: $40
  • Maximum weight: 50 lb.

The first checked bag on any US domestic flight will cost $30 and the second will cost you $40. The weight limit for all checked luggage is 50 lb.

JetBlue also now charges an astounding $150 for a third bag on any flight, so its best to keep your checked bags to a minimum unless you can meet any of the exceptions.

How to Avoid JetBlue Baggage Fees

Premium Ticket

JetBlue offers four tiers of fares with the lowest fare being the only one not to include a bag. The price may be the cheapest, but you’ll have to pay an extra $30 for your first bag. Bump up to the BluePlus flight to enjoy a free checked bag.

From there, the Blue Flex or Mint tickets will get you two free bags on your JetBlue flight.

Credit Cards

Two credit cards offer free checked baggage available from JetBlue. You must book your flights with the card and present it at check in to enjoy the perks.

Your travel companion can also get these benefits. However, you must book them on the same reservation as you.

These cards are:

  • JetBlue Plus Card
  • JetBlue Business Card

Elite Status

JetBlue only offers one level of elite status, the mosaic. Members of this status can fly with two checked bags for free. Remember that regardless of elite status, all travelers must pay $150 for their third bag.

There are two ways to earn mosaic status as listed on the JetBlue website.

  • Earn 15,000 base flight points within a calendar year
  • Fly 30 segments and 12,000 base flight points. Flight points are 3 points per dollar that you spend on a Jetblue flight.

Special Circumstances

JetBlue has similar travel exceptions that allow you to travel with free checked bags.

The most important ones are for active military and their dependents traveling. For work-related trips, you and your family can have up to five bags for free that weigh up to 99 lb. For personal trips, you can get up to three bags that weigh up to 50 lb.

JetBlue has also published some exceptions for traveling with media-related equipment. You can check the fee information at their website linked above.