PacificWest From United States of America, joined May 2007, 77 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5057 times:
My little sister just called me up, she's flying home for Winter break from her first year in college, the break is about a month long, and she checked 4 bags (ridiculous I know, but I'm a guy, so it's possible I don't understand?). She ended up paying $225 for the 4 checked bags, apparently Alaska/Horizon told her over the phone the first bag was free, and an extra bag was $25... she took that as "each extra bag is $25". Get's to the airport and finds out after the 2nd bag, it's $100 per extra bag from there...ouch. The best part is her one-way ticket was $99 !!!!!
I feel bad for her because she doesn't fly a lot and didn't know any better, but I had to admit I laughed out loud when I heard how much her ticket was - and how much her bag's ticket was.
Naturally I started telling jokes about how she should check to see where her bags were sitting in first class, or how they're getting free drinks and a hot meal in the cargo hold... but she didn't think it was very funny
P.S. ...yeah, I know the QX Q400 doesn't have first class
TOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3501 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5028 times:
Your sister needs to pack less, plain and simple. You might want to remind her thet she'll have to pay the same to get the cr@p back to FLG, and she will probably have worn half of what she brought home.
Many years ago, I heard some travel expert on a morning show. She gave good advice that I use to this day. She said to lay everything that you thought you needed on your bed. Then pack half. Works for me to this day.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4879 times:
Even in the old days 4 bags would be well over the baggage limits on most airline. And what is your sister bringing home that she needs four bags for??? Will she be leaving any clothes in Flagstaff, does she not have anything at home.
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WN700Driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4707 times:
Quote: Many years ago, I heard some travel expert on a morning show. She gave good advice that I use to this day. She said to lay everything that you thought you needed on your bed. Then pack half. Works for me to this day.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 24552 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4138 times:
Quoting WingnutMN (Reply 3): Tell her to ship her bags back by Fedex or UPS. Most likely cheaper, and you can at least track your belongings so as to know if they are lost or not.
...and if you can find a UPS store, you don't even have to pack them yourself. This is actually great advice. You may not be able to do it for less than a first or second bag fee, but you certainly can ship just about anything that you could check for less than $100.
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Maverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 6043 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2181 times:
As I was leaving work one night I saw a family of 5 (mom, dad, two teen-aged kids, and what looked to be a grandmother) checking in for a PHX-CLT flight. Each person had two large suitcases, and two trolleys with about TEN large plastic rubbermaid tubs. Being a US flight and assuming at least three bags were over 50 pounds, I did a rough calculation and estimate that they paid an extra 1000 dollars on the spot to check them all. I didn't bother sticking around long enough to see any possible reaction.