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AA Considers Adopting $25 2nd Bag Charge  
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26147 posts, RR: 50
Posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

No official announcement, however American Airlines filed regulatory documentation indicating it might soon adopt the $25 fee for a 2nd bag.

Quote:
American Air may charge $25 to check a second bag

CHICAGO, March 27 - American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp, said on Thursday it may start charging $25 to check a second bag, a move that could spur revenue and cost savings as fuel prices soar.

American, the world's largest airline, said it filed a notice with the Canadian government indicating it may change its bag fee structure in Canada. That country requires 45 days notice to review such a change.

"This filing is only a formality and a decision has not been made by American Airlines to implement a new checked bag fee structure in Canada," a company spokesman said.

If American were to begin charging to check a second bag, it would be the fourth major U.S. airline to make that change. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways Group Inc announced new fees earlier this year.

http://www.reuters.com/article/marke...sNews/idCAN2737965220080327?rpc=44

[Edited 2008-03-27 16:24:15]


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

If they do it, then definitely look to see pretty much the rest of the industry fall in line. By the end of the year, I think that there may only be a few holdouts (I can see maybe WN and CO being the major holdouts). This is really a lesser way to recoup some $$$ to offset fuel costs, as most passengers that check bags, check one.

User currently offlineTonytifao From Brazil, joined Mar 2005, 1035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

They could at least give their top two levels of Frequent Fliers a break!

What do you guys think?


User currently offlineAkizidy214 From Jamaica, joined Sep 2006, 408 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2608 times:



Quoting Tonytifao (Reply 2):
They could at least give their top two levels of Frequent Fliers a break!

No doubt they would relax the rules for certain AAdvantage members...



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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33280 posts, RR: 71
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

My money is that these new restrictions, if implemented, don't apply on flights to Latin America.


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User currently offlineAIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2449 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 4):
if implemented, don't apply on flights to Latin America.

The second baggage charge will probably be limited to domestic service.


User currently offlineElmoTheHobo From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2347 times:

If they start this charge they can kiss my Gold @ss goodbye. When I travel places for work I'll bring two check bags, one with clothes, the other with equipment.

I'll fly someone else that doesn't charge me for a second bag.


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33280 posts, RR: 71
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2303 times:



Quoting ElmoTheHobo (Reply 6):
If they start this charge they can kiss my Gold @ss goodbye. When I travel places for work I'll bring two check bags, one with clothes, the other with equipment.

I'll fly someone else that doesn't charge me for a second bag.

I've already e-mailed them on how I will transfer all my flying to JetBlue and Virgin America on routes where AA/VX/B6 compete non-stop if they start such a charge (and, as it so happens, the three AA routes I fly most often all have JetBlue service), as I often check-in two bags and hate carrying on things.

The thing is, though, more and more airline will start doing it.



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User currently offlineFreequentFlier From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2272 times:



Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 7):
I've already e-mailed them on how I will transfer all my flying to JetBlue and Virgin America on routes where AA/VX/B6 compete non-stop if they start such a charge (and, as it so happens, the three AA routes I fly most often all have JetBlue service), as I often check-in two bags and hate carrying on things.

The thing is, though, more and more airline will start doing it.

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This will probably become industry standard within a year or so given fuel prices today. I'm sure each carrier will protect their elites. As for the people who select a carrier based only on price and consistently pack 2 bags, the airlines don't really care if they lose your business. At this point, they probably can't afford your business.


User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
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Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 7):
I've already e-mailed them on how I will transfer all my flying to JetBlue and Virgin America on routes where AA/VX/B6 compete non-stop if they start such a charge (and, as it so happens, the three AA routes I fly most often all have JetBlue service), as I often check-in two bags and hate carrying on things.

VX only allows one bag, though you're allowed up to 70 lbs. In addition, an extra bag is only $10. To add to that, they've been very flexible in waiving the fee if the total weight of both bags is less than 70 lbs, though that's a bit off the books.



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User currently offline2175301 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1082 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2138 times:

It makes it more difficult & costly for people who carry medical stuff with them.

It would be nice if they would have an exclusion for health related baggage; but, I'm not going to hold my breath on it...


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33280 posts, RR: 71
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2033 times:



Quoting 2175301 (Reply 10):
It makes it more difficult & costly for people who carry medical stuff with them.

It would be nice if they would have an exclusion for health related baggage; but, I'm not going to hold my breath on it...

Actually, I believe they do in fact have an exclusion for health related baggage, or at least I seem to recall at least UA does.



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User currently offlineTXKF2010 From Bermuda, joined Nov 2005, 212 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

I still don't understand how they can classify Canada as domestic. It's international, so let it be. If the airlines are going to be doing this, maybe customs will adopt this policy to....


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