Air Jamaica: Most Absurd Fee Ever?

Posted May 19, 2009 by Carl Unger

Air jamaica Air Jamaica announced a new $25 baggage fee for the second checked bag. Yawn, right? Little late to the party, Air Jamaica! Airlines have been adding these fees for over a year. And by keeping the first bag free, Air Jamaica actually joins the ranks of more lenient U.S. carriers like Southwest and JetBlue.

But it's not the $25 that has Air Jamaica in the running for Most Absurd Fee Ever. It's this, from the airline's press release announcing the new fee: "Passengers are guaranteed delivery of the free baggage allowance on the same flight on which they travel. All other bags will be transported within seven days, and must be collected from the airport. The status of these bags may be tracked online at to determine when they may be collected." The policy affects only two routes, New York-Grenada and New York-Barbados.

If you just did a spit take while reading that quote, well, that will teach you to drink while reading the BookingBuddy blog. But yes, you read correctly. Air Jamaica's new policy is that baggage you pay to check will arrive within seven days, while your free baggage arrives with you.

Let me try to make some sense out of this. The airline is clearly trying to discourage people from checking multiple bags, likely in the hope of simplifying its business and saving money. This is the driving force behind baggage fees in general. And to further unburden itself of the task of transporting baggage, Air Jamaica will now do so at its convenience, not that of its paying customers.

Alright, I tried—this makes zero sense. If anything, you would expect the bags you pay for to receive special attention. Instead, Air Jamaica is taking your money in exchange for a downgrade from the service you normally receive for free.

And that, my fellow travelers, is simply absurd.


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I personally think that Air Jamaica should re-consider this option because most of their passengers are small business people and this will delay their goods from traveling with them causing them to loose money on goods not reaching them in time for sale. This makes no sense at all and the national airline will loose business because of this new restriction imposed on travelers.

Posted on May 21, 2009 at 04:06 AM by Charmaine Raymore

That's a pretty gutsy move. But if they hope to discourage extra bags, I hope they're publicizing the lack of care they plan to lavish on the suitcases you've paid them to carry. Otherwise, it's just more small print for people to ignore.

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 11:34 PM by Kate Dolan

Air Jamaica will be officially closed and replaced by Trinidad-owned Caribbean Airlines from April 12. There will be an interim arrangement where Air Jamaica planes and crews will continue to operate until Caribbean Airlines can take over completely, but Caribbean Airlines will be named the National Carrier and Air Jamaica will be phased out.

See this link for detailed news article coverage over the last several months...

Posted on March 04, 2010 at 05:46 PM by bimjim

i have taken a jamaica for thirty five years and along with a lot of jamaicans living in the united states will no longer support caribbean airlines.

Posted on May 07, 2010 at 04:28 PM by yvonne m

7 days for paid luggage...oookay then. Guess anyone staying less than 7 days gets kinda screwed then, eh? Very silly.

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