Need Extra Baggage? Amtrak Will Charge You For It Now


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Beware: Overpackers! Starting tomorrow, Amtrak will begin to charge $20 for travelers who exceed the weight limit.

Travelers are allowed to bring two personal items (backpacks, laptops, handbags…etc.) up to 25 lbs. an two carry-on bags up to 50 lbs. each. Going over the limits means getting charged $20. Small potatoes compared to airline luggage fees, but surprising for Amtrak travelers who aren’t used to such regulations.

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Taking the Amtrak with small children? If they’re under two years old, you can bring additional items including a stroller or a diaper bag. Overweight charges also apply to these items.

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Since the introduction of baggage fees of $25 for the first checked-in luggage in 2008, U.S. airlines have made up to $1.6 billion during the first quarter of 2015. Some have questioned whether Amtrak is doing this to gain money since the company has taken a financial loss on a yearly basis.

Marc Magliari, Amtrak spokesperson, indicates Amtrak didn’t start the fees to make money but to preserve space on packed trains and decrease safety concerns since 31 million passengers exceed weight limits for free. He says:

It is simply a space and safety initiative.

If you’re an Amtrak regular or riding it for a longer trip, you can avoid the fee by checking your bag to your final destination.

Source: Associated Press. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.

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