Nwray From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 60 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
Seems like the industry standard is two checked bags while WN allows three. Very nice. Just wondering why they're different. Shorter flights? Lack of passing on connecting luggage? A Texas thing? Cheers.
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3169 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
In my experience, the old rule was typically a total of three. You could check three and have no carry ons, or check two with one carry on, or check one and have two carry ons (you couldn't do three carry ons).
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 889 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1568 times:
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 4): WN has a lot of policies that wouldn't work with an international airline. They don't have to worry about upsetting a customer who "can do it" domestically but can't do it internationally, etc.
I don't entirely agree. What prevents a legacy carrier from offering a domestic baggage policy and an international baggage policy?
ExFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1518 times:
Quoting Foxecho (Reply 7): Out of curiousity what is the Bag weight limits? still 70?
Nope, 50 lbs for free, 51-70 for $25 surcharge.
As far as I know, Southwest is the only carrier still allowing 3 bags...JetBlue cut back last year.
Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 8): What prevents a legacy carrier from offering a domestic baggage policy and an international baggage policy?
Actually, many do, just not a blanket "international" versus "domestic" policy, but specific policies for specific countries. I suspect they try to keep the international policies as close to domestic policies as possible to avoid making the system any more confusing than...well, it already is really confusing, what with different airlines having different policies for elite-status travellers, different classes, military travellers, etc.
For example, JetBlue has the same basic free allotment systemwide, but then has specific exceptions for overweight and excess bags - they'll accept bags (with a surcharge) as heavy as 99 pounds for Mexico, the Bahamas, or Aruba, but only 70 pounds for Bermuda and no bags over 50 pounds for the Dominican Republic at all. You can't take excess bags to any international destination, but can domesically for a $50 fee.
Continental has a different policy for Brazil (70 pounds per pag) than anywhere else. And military travellers are allowed to go to 70 pounds for their duffel bags as long as they're travelling on orders.
AA also has the 70-lb-for-Brazil exception, and lets military travellers go to 100 lbs for one of their two bags, the other is limited to 50.
DL even has a domestic restriction - you're only allowed one checked bag to Key West. And again, Brazil is 70 lbs. (Is there some legal requirement imposed by the Brazilian government at work here?)
There's also a broad and varying array of restrictions on boxes - JetBlue will take them domestically (or at least the website doesn't say one way or the other), but no boxes outside the US. Delta will take factory sealed boxes only to Central or South America, except Brazil, Mexico, and Chile. American doesn't have any box restrictions listed on their website. CO reserves the right to reject boxes if they're not in good condition (can't blame them!)
So again, I suspect that (besides fuel considerations, etc.) airlines don't have different domestic and international policies simply to avoid confusing the issues any further than they already are.