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25 Checked Bag Policy

Big announcement from United Airlines this morning: Domestic passengers will have to pony up $25 to check a second piece of luggage. The policy change applies to travel on or after May 5, and to tickets purchased today or later.

The new policy appears targeted at the occasional leisure traveler: It applies to customers purchasing nonrefundable domestic economy ticket oakley s who do not have either at least premier status in United’s Mileage Plus programs, or silver status in a Star Alliance program.

About 25 percent of its travelers check a second bag, according to United, and the airline believes its new surcharge will generate $100 million in revenue a year. The company faced bankruptcy just a few years ago, but in 2007, it earned a net income of $403 million (its first year of profit since 2000). carrier to charge for checked bags, but the policy is not uncommon among foreign carriers. It started with the discount European carriers: Most charge $10 to $20 for each piece of checked baggage. And then British Airways joined in, charging for a second piece of checked bags (but not on flights from/to the United States). Discount carriers w oakley ere also the firs oakley t to charge for snacks, and for exit row seats or an assigned seat. The so called legacy airlines are taking notice, and I think you’ll see more of those type of user fees from the majors.

I think it’s easy to make the argument that this is just another way for a big cat airline to wring extra bucks out of the regular guy who flies just a couple of times a year. But that may be too simplistic. Maybe it is fair that those who pay the least for a seat on the plane ante up for any extras in order to oakley level the playing (paying) field. I know that it won’t make any difference to me: I never travel with more than one checked bag.

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