Effective for all bookings made on or after February 12 for travel on or after March 1, Virgin America has increased its per-bag fee...

Effective for all bookings made on or after February 12 for travel on or after March 1, Virgin America has increased its per-bag fee for all checked items by $5, to $25.

This is the second time in five months that Virgin America has increased its checked-bag fees: The airline increased its fee for each checked bag from $15 to $20 in September.


Excluded from the new fee are the first and second bags for First Class travelers; and the first bag for Main Cabin Select and Main Cabin Refundable Fare travelers.Under the new fee rules, First Class passengers will continue to receive up to two checked bags for free. Passengers in the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service or those who purchase Fully Refundable Main Cabin fares will also continue to receive one checked bag for free. All weight and size policies remain the same, and the airline’s carry-on baggage policy has not changed.

Virgin America says it maintains one of the most generous first-bag weight limits in the industry – up to 70 lb. (For the second through tenth checked bags weighing from 51-70lb, the airline charges an additional $50 per bag. For all overweight bags weighing from 71-100lb, the airline charges an additional $100 per bag.)

Virgin America operates an all-Airbus A320-family fleet, including this and other A320s as well as a number of slightly smaller A319s

Customers who purchased Virgin America tickets before February 12 or who book and travel before March 1, 2010 will be charged per the airline’s previous bag fee rate. Guests can pay checked bag charges when they check in at airport kiosks, on-line or at any airport ticket counter.

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Orange County and Fort Lauderdale.