Quote: Customers who check in online at usairways.com : with tickets booked starting today for flights on or after July 9 will have the option to prepay $15 for their first checked bag and $25 for their second checked bag. Web check-in is available within 24 hours of scheduled departure time. Passengers who choose to pay for checking their bags at the airport will be charged an additional $5 service fee per bag.
Wonder if the rest of airlines will follow, and also if US will start doing what DL announced for intl travel.
Good that they're offering it online though, it'll save time for passengers as well as the ticket counter agents.
Caspritz78 From Germany, joined Aug 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7095 times:
It is nice to finally get the offer to pay for your luggage in advanced but the additional 5$ service fee for people who want to pay at the airport is a bad joke.
Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 4): Haha. Lots of European airlines that charge for checked baggage differentiate price-wise between pre-paying and paying at the airport.
Yes, but fthese are truly LCCs which fly your for 99 cent from London to Barcelona. 15€ for a checked bag are okay since the price is still below what you would pay on a legacy carrier. US Airways on the other hand charges you 300$ for a flight an still wants a fee for a checked bag.
Cush From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6739 times:
This is the exact reason why I donated my USAirways Dividend Miles to Charity... I had enough for a rountrip flight to Europe that I spent a few years saving for (before I flew weekly now) and realized that US is the worst airline in the country. Not only are their aircraft dirty, but their staff is awful, rude, and incompetent. I made a vow to myself that I would never fly US again and I honestly never will. How such a high class great airline could go from First to Worst. hehe....
UA_727 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 215 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6624 times:
Quoting Iowaman (Reply 7): The best way to show it is to fly Southwest when possible.
If I was a WN employee (of which one of my direct family happens to be), I would be pretty much demanding that WN enact *some sort* of fee associated with checked baggage. In this revenue environment, the whole "no hidden fees" schpeel is just not working, and as an employee, after the Q1 results, I would be wanting to know what *significant* steps WN is taking to generate additional revenue, however controversial they may be. WN could put their usual successful creativity in coming up with a bag fee system that works for consumers, and I think they could totally run with it!
Uncle Gary said it best himself when he noted recently something to the effect of "if customers don't smarten up and fly WN vs. the competition due to our lack of bag fees, why wouldn't we start charging for baggage?"
SPREE34 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2416 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6409 times:
Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 8): It's that same voting that got us all losing meal services, and other amenities.
You misinterpreted my comment Sir. I'm not suggesting going for the cheapest fare, I'm suggesting going to another carrier that offers full/better service.
An example is my flying BA on all of my UK/EU trips. Some US carriers offer lesser fares, and with commensurate service and employee attitude. Thus, I fly BA, even if it's more expensive.
I have voted with my billfold.
So what I am suggesting is, that if you have a choice of carrier, and one doesn't "nickle and dime" you for a similar product, chose them.
I don't understand everything I don't know about this.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 24553 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6258 times:
Quoting Qualitydr (Reply 18): I agree, but this article (http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/traveltips/04/21/recession.perks/index.html) indicates that we are likely to lose "free" carryon privileges as well.
Of course, that article cites zero evidence that airlines are thinking about charging for carryons. It would be extremely difficult to enforce and, to a much greater extent than checked bag fees, would inflame high-yield passengers
I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
Iloveboeing From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 806 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6089 times:
Quoting UA_727 (Reply 16): I would be pretty much demanding that WN enact *some sort* of fee associated with checked baggage.
Honestly, do airline employees want to deal with even more upset customers? If WN adds checked bag fees, people will feel like that an airline they could always count on will have lied to and betrayed them. WN has aggressively been promoting the "low-fares, no hidden fees."
I would fly WN, if I could, but their nearest cities are all at least 3 hours away from me. I am unable to drive that distance. I have no choice but to fly the legacy carriers, which harass me with checked bag fees, don't even give me a simple snack, and charge me obscenely high fares.
These airlines adding fees and raising fares has got to stop. Honestly, why do so many people on here get so excited about higher fares and additional fees? Tell me, do YOU want to pay those higher fares and additional fees and get LESS service???? Whoever does seriously needs help.
My parents needed to go from the Midwest to the East Coast, and AA charged them nearly $800 r/t! And what do they get for that fare??? Diddly squat PLUS checked bag fees! These airlines are going to the level of pure insanity and it needs to end!
When I fly an airline, I am not paying for Greyhound. If my parents are going to pay $800 for a coach ticket, they should get FAR better service than Greyhound. On their flight, the F/As were rude and didn't even give them a simple beverage!
If these airlines want peoples' business, they need to earn it! Bone-level cost-cutting and nickel-and-diming are only going to be destructive in the long run. These greedy airlines should all be ashamed of themselves!