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25 for Second Checked Bag

Delta is the latest carrier to add a $25 fee for a second piece of checked luggage. The carrier hasn’t made a formal announcement (and Delta’s Web site still says that you’re allowed two pieces of checked baggage), but Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott confirmed today that the fee will go into effect May 1 regardless of when you bought your ticket.

Fliers on both domestic and international flights will be affected by the new charge. Elliott said that business and first class fliers and those holding top level SkyMiles membership will be exempt. carrier to start charging a fee for a second checked bag; its $25 fee will be assessed starting May 5 on domestic travelers flying on a nonfundable economy ticket (the cheapest fares). US Airways we oakley nt one step further, assessing the fee on domestic and international flights. It seems clear that the other major carriers can’t be far behind.

The so called legacy carriers also follow one another’s lead when it comes to fare increases. When United announced last week that it would add up to $50 per ticket to pay for increased fuel surcharges, Delta and all the others followed suit. But Delta upped the ante yesterday when it announced it would tack on yet another $10. It’s unclear how those increases are applied. Seems to me that fares on competitive routes served by discount carri oakley ers stay cheap.

The baggage fee is the latest in a series of major announcements from Delta. Earlier this week, it said that it will offer voluntary severance payments aka buyouts to about half its workforce, with the goal of cutting 2,000 workers. The offers do not affect pilots, but consumers could see a difference at t oakley he airport: The offers are going to workers who hold front line, administrative and management jobs. For example, flight attendants and gate and ticket agents with 10 years or more of service are among those being offered the buyout.

And while Delta says it plans to cut domestic service by about 5 percent, it also plans to continue increasing international flights, so service levels could suffer.

(To take a look at last Sunday’s Coming Going column or CoGo here’s the link.)

By Cindy Loose

March 20, 2008; 2:25 PM ET

I travel overseas for at least a month at a time and have been for over thirty years. This requires two very carefully packed suitcases. They are never overweight and are easily accessed by TSP and customs, here and overseas. Charging for an extra suitcase is a burden on those of us that fly international.

When I fly domestic, I usually just do one carry on and no checked luggage. My bag always will fit under my seat or in the overhead with no stuffing.

I feel I am being penalized for doing the right thing. I work at a wholesale company and most of our customers are all paying a fuel surcharge per delivery. We also are paying a fuel surcharge on the deliveries that we receive. On the retail level, the stores are just spreading the additional cost around.

As for the additional charges for the second bag, once one airline started, of course everyone else will follow. The impact will really only be felt by the leisure traveler. I am sure that everyone that is traveling on business and flying in coach at the request of the employer will expense the cost of the additional bag. Since the additional baggage is usually comprised of business materials (A/V equipment, displays, samples, etc.), I don’t think any company would bulk at paying the extra fees. It will just make leisure travellers take a second and third look at what they need to cart along with them.

Personally, I hope this new policy falls right on the big airlines’ feet when they see people flocking in droves to the cheaper airlines.

I guess I’ll be crossing Delta off my list. I just hope the other airlines don’t follow suit. My biggest complaint is that Delta is not “grandfathering” in those who bought their tickets before the announced policy change. Delta’s response that they are following industry standard which they are NOT since every other airline charging for a second bag is allowing those who booked before that airline’s announcement to still check a 2nd bag. You would think Delta would look at the recent cruiseline fuel surcharge debacle (where several have been forced to give refunds) that this sort of business practice is not okay. Sure, charge all oakley they want AS LONG AS THE POLICY IS CLEARLY IN PLACE WHEN CUSTOMERS BOOK!

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