A number of media outlets are reporting that AirTran has raised its fee for a first checked-bag to $20.  The new fee will take effect on Sept. 1 and will apply only to coach-class reservations made on or after Aug. 17th.

AirTran will continue to charge $25 for a second bag, and those in business class and elite frequent fliers can continue to check two bags at no charge.

The popular frequent-flier website WebFlyer.com notes that among low-cost carriers, AirTran’s fee will now match Frontier Airlines’ $20 charge for first-checked-bags.

For an airline-by-airline list of baggage fees, check out this chart from airfarewatchdog.com.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • According to a new study from the University of Madrid, the optimum time to purchase airfares is eight weeks before departure.  (This also gives you ample time to have Yapta track your purchased flights for a refund.)  The research also suggests that cheaper airfares are likely to be purchased in the afternoon rather than in the morning.
  • Earlier today, Evan Konwiser, co-founder of FlightCaster.com, blogged about the three flight search sites and features that he finds most useful – so we figured we’d pass along his recommendations.  (Thanks for making Yapta part of your repertoire, Evan.)
  • A recent FOXNews.com report shined a spotlight on “where the fall travel deals are”.  If you like to vacation in Mexico, The Caribbean, or Hawaii, you’ll want to give this article a read.