Amtrak Looks to Boost Checked Baggage Revenue

August 19, 2015

Having seen how the airline industry annually rakes in $3.3 billion from checked baggage fees, Amtrak is trying to boost its own baggage revenue.

Effective Oct. 15, Amtrak will begin charging $20 per bag for items that exceed the carrier’s weight and size limitations.

Amtrak allows passengers to bring aboard without charge two personal items that each must weigh no more than 25 pounds or exceed the dimensions of 14-by-11-by 17 inches.

Passengers are also allowed two carry-on items, each of which must not exceed 50 pounds or the dimensions of 28-by-22-by-14 inches.

Under the new policy, bags over 50 pounds must be repacked in a box to be provided at a station if checked baggage is available or, if possible, on board the train.

If checked baggage service is available at the passenger’s origination and destination point, the passengers must check any baggage that exceeds the size and weight limitations.

A post on Trainorders.com, contained internal Amtrak documents showing that airlines make an average of $8.75 per bag.

Read the full story from the always-informative Akron Railroad Club by clicking here.

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