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List of airlines charging the most in fees

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SACRAMENTO - Major U.S. airlines are projected to collect $14.3 billion in fees this year.  But some are worse than others at taking advantage of those fees.  The website airfarewatchdog.com keeps track of the biggest culprits.

Yahoo Finance broke down the list of biggest offenders.  US Airways was at the top because its ticket change fee starts at $200, but can soar to $450 for international flights.

You will also get hit with charges for over-sized bags which can run you $175, and sending unaccompanied minors on the plane which will cost $100 per child.

United Airlines also has that same unaccompanied minor fee, but its is $150, and it will cost you $250 for your pet to join you in the cabin.

On American Airlines, passengers are charged $20 to book a ticket by phone and making a reservation in person costs $35.  And if you want your pet to fly in the cabin with you that will cost $175.

If you bring an over-sized bag onto a Delta flight, that extra fee will run you anywhere from $175 to $300.

One airline that did not make the list is Southwest.  They are known for not charging a lot of those extra fees, but even the CEO of the airline wouldn't guarantee that it will last forever.

Some Delta passengers had quite the after-Christmas surprise when they went online and were able to book flights for $25 to $50 for a brief time Thursday.  The tickets normally cost more than $400, but the airline was experiencing a glitch that allowed those tickets to go through.

Delta says the glitch has been fixed and that they will honor those low-price tickets.

One woman said she tried to book a round trip flight from Baltimore to Honolulu for just $98 but the deal did not go through before it was taken down.

The glitch lasted for just two hours Tuesday morning before it was fixed.

Yahoo Finance

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