BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- So you want to book a flight home for the holidays on United Air Lines (UAUA) for you and your 52-pound bag. That'll be $189 to $299, please.
That money won't get you anywhere. It's just the sum of the fees you'll pay for calling in your reservation ($25), checking a bag at the airport ($20), stuffing said bag ($125 for bags 51-100 pounds), selecting a seat that's not in the back of the plane or between window and aisle seats ($14-$119) and traveling before or after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day ($10). United is just one of the cash-strapped carriers giving U.S. domestic travelers capacity cuts and fee hikes as gifts this holiday season.
Check out an interactive graphic of airline fees.
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Delta Air Lines
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, United and
U.S. Airways Group
reported multimillion dollar losses for the last quarter, leading to them to tack on a $10 surcharge to travel during the holidays as well as spring break, Easter and Memorial Day. Holiday fares are about 10% less than they were last year, but the folks at
say that seating capacity on flights to the 50 busiest cities the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is down 3.4%. Meanwhile, the ancillary costs for those who can get seats are hitting new altitudes.
Anne Banas, executive editor of
, and her colleagues update their chart of domestic airlines fees daily. The chart has grown substantially larger as more services come with a price tag.
"We built this chart in the early summer of 2008, when the airlines were introducing the first wave of checked bag fees," she says. "It's been over a year and not only are there more bag fees, but there's been an overall increase in fees across the board."