Continental Airlines is charging $50 for a second checked bag for passengers traveling between Europe and the United States, including U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, on lower-yield economy-class tickets.
Several other U.S. airlines, including American Airlines, have adopted a similar policy recently for international flights to Europe and elsewhere.
Continental Airlines customers who purchase all non-Y-fare economy-class tickets for travel on or after the effective date will still be able to check one bag for free, but will pay $50 for a second checked bag. Customers checking in and pre-paying for bags at continental.com will receive a $5 discount.
The new policy is now in effect and applies to travel on or after September 15. The changes apply to transatlantic travelers on all flights operated by Continental Airlines between the United States and Europe.
The service fee will not apply to EliteAccess customers, including those seated in First or BusinessFirst; OnePass Elite and SkyTeam Elite members; customers traveling on full-fare economy (Y) class tickets; Continental Airlines Presidential Plus primary cardmembers; or military personnel and their families traveling on official orders.
Checked bags must meet weight and size restrictions or will be subject to additional fees. Continental’s policy for carry-on baggage remains unchanged.