Airlines Continue to Charge more for Baggage
One of the biggest disappointments in flying over the past few years has been the escalating increases in baggage fees. I can’t imagine how most people are able to keep the costs of their trips within budget. America’s new mega-airline, United Continental, announced today that they’re getting rid of baggage fee discounts.
I applaud the smaller airlines, like Southwest, that continue to fight this trend. I understand that airlines have to make their money ‘somewhere’, but I’d prefer it to be in up-front ticket prices.
Here’s the news story about United Continental:
Saturday, April 23, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) — There’s no more incentive to prepay online for your checked bags if you’re flying United Continental. The carrier has done away with the $2 to $3 discount that passengers used to get if they paid for their luggage online instead of at the ticket counter.
The charge for domestic flights operated by Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc. is now $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second, no matter how or when you pay. The change began for tickets sold since March 9.
United and Continental used to offer a $2 discount on the first bag and $3 off the second to encourage passengers to pay up before arriving at the airport.
Delta Air Lines Inc. still offers a similar discount. Other carriers, including AMR Corp.’s American Airlines, never offered different prices.
Southwest Airlines Co. continues to allow passengers to check two bags for free.