Continental Airlines has become the fifth major US carrier to charge $15 for the first piece of checked luggage. The airline already charges $25 for the second-checked bag. As is the policy for the other carriers, elite members of the airline’s frequent-flier program and those traveling in business and first class will not have to pay for their checked baggage.The move leaves Delta Airlines as the last one of the “Big Six” ( the remaining 4 of which are American Airlines, US Airways, Nothwest Airlines, United Airlines) not charging for the first-checked bag. However, Delta charges twice what the others do for the second piece of checked luggage — $50 each way.
All this applies for US domestic travel. Transatlantic passengers for most scheduled-service airlines still have a (general) free baggage allowance of 2 x 23 kg.