Last month the Transportation Department imposed a rule that requires airlines to disclose all fees for optional services with a prominent link on their websites. They also must disclose bag-fee increases on the home page or through a link on the page. This new ruling made the annual USA Today airline service fee survey easier than ever and disclosed the following excess baggage fees which exceed the $400 mark.
Per the USA Today survey: For an overweight checked bag weighing 71-100 pounds, Continental Airlines is charging $400 on most international flights, and American Airlines is charging $450 on its Asian flights. United Airlines charges $400 for checking bags weighing 71-99.9 pounds on flights to another continent.
The airlines say fees keep airfares low, help cover costs and let fliers choose the services they want. Just be sure you pack light when traveling internationally!