For a while there, American was the lone holdout among the major airlines adding new checked baggage fees.

Now American’s upping the ante in a big way, adding fees for all checked bags.

Travelers who buy airline tickets on or after June 15, 2008, will be charged $15 each way for the first checked bag and $25 each way for a second checked bag.

Passengers who buy  tickets before June 15 can check one bag for free and a second bag for $25 each way. People who bought tickets before May 12 won’t have to pay a fee for the second checked bag.

The policy does not affect travelers with business and first-class tickets and full-fare tickets in economy class.

Also exempt are customers traveling on international flights to destinations beyond the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rica and Canada.

The fee will not be included in airfare and can be paid at curbside check-in or the ticket counter.

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