nwray
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Southwest = 3 Checked Bags

Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:32 am

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.
 
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RE: Southwest = 3 Checked Bags

Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:14 pm

As far as I know, most airlines pre-2004 had the 'three for free' rule, even though their official quoted baggage allowance was 2 bags. Perhaps this is just a leftover from those days?
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RE: Southwest = 3 Checked Bags

Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:34 pm

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).
 
jjbiv
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RE: Southwest = 3 Checked Bags

Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:20 pm

WN studied it recently; I believe they found well under 100 customers per day check a third bag. It's a very low cost way to make some customers happy.

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ikramerica
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RE: Southwest = 3 Checked Bags

Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:24 pm

Quoting Jjbiv (Reply 3):
WN studied it recently; I believe they found well under 100 customers per day check a third bag. It's a very low cost way to make some customers happy.

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.
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Boston92
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RE: Southwest = 3 Checked Bags

Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:36 am

Quoting Jjbiv (Reply 3):
It's a very low cost way to make some customers happy.

There are tons more things that airlines could do to make customers more happy with a low cost difference. Good job to WN.
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nwray
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RE: Southwest = 3 Checked Bags

Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:47 am

Quoting Boston92 (Reply 5):
There are tons more things that airlines could do to make customers more happy with a low cost difference. Good job to WN.

Well said, and thanks for the responses. The WN 3 bag policy gained them a fare the other day from us because of this.
 
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foxecho
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RE: Southwest = 3 Checked Bags

Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:07 pm

Out of curiousity what is the Bag weight limits? still 70?

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DfwRevolution
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RE: Southwest = 3 Checked Bags

Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:24 pm

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?
 
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RE: Southwest = 3 Checked Bags

Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:57 pm

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.

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