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Alaska Airlines raises fees for checked bags

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Alaska Airlines planes are pictured at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington on August 11, 2018. (Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images)

United, JetBlue, and Delta did it. Now it’s time for Alaska Airlines to raise prices on checked bags.

Beginning December 5, 2018, your first checked bag will now cost $30 — up from $25. The second checked bag will cost $40, up from $25. The third checked bag will cost $100, up from $75.

The bag fee increases mirror the changes Delta made last month for flights in North America, the Caribbean, and Central America.

In September, Delta quietly raised the prices of the first and second checked bags by $5 each. The first checked bag will now cost $30 — up from $25.

The second checked bag will now cost $40, up from $35.

A Delta spokesperson confirmed the change, telling CNN that it “routinely makes fee adjustments.”

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The price hikes come about a month after United and JetBlue hiked their baggage prices by $5 each.

American Airlines declined to comment if it will follow.

In July, Delta and American both cut their outlooks for full year earnings. The International Air Transport Association, a global industry group, has slashed its forecast for total profits for the global airline industry in 2018 by 12%.

The airlines are making up those costs with ancillary fees, like checking bags and picking a seat.

Delta collected $375 million in baggage fees during the first six months of 2018, according to Bureau of Transportation statistics. That was down 15% from the same period last year.

Overall, the US airline industry collected $2.4 billion in the first six months of the year, which was up 7% from the same period a year earlier.

CNN contributed to this report.

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