As of September 10th, Amtrak will be raising luggage fees. You’re allowed a total of 4 bags, with the first 2 bags being free. The 3rd and 4th bags will be $20 per item. You can see the memo here in PDF form. Elliott broke it down nicely in case you aren’t 100% sure what these changes mean:Currently: Each passenger can check up to 6 bags – 3 free of charge and 3 for $10 per bag. New: Each passenger can check up to 4 bags – 2 free of charge and 2 for $20 each. Currently: Each bag not to exceed 50 lbs. (23 kg), 36? x 36? x 36? (900 x 900 x 900 millimeters). New: Each bag in checked baggage is limited to a size of 75 linear inches (length + width + height). Oversize baggage (76 – 100 linear inches) is accepted for $20.00/bag. Currently: Special item rates accepted for $5, and can include tandem bikes and kayaks. New: Special items will cost $10. Tandem bicycles and kayaks are no longer accepted.
Another change is luggage must be checked 45 minutes prior to scheduled train departure. The good news is passenger’s will still be able to carry on a total of 2 bags, each not to exceed 50 lbs. and 28 x 22 x 14 inches, according to Amtrak.
I know many of us start budgeting early for San Diego Comic Con and things like baggage fees are a huge deal. Some of us might leave home with just 2 bags but return with twice as many!