I live in southwest Missouri (SGF is my local airport) and I am going to LAX for a cruise in October. I knew that G4 has a nonstop to LAX, but based on the current times they fly (their schedule/fares for October isn't released yet), it wouldn't work out. I am going in a day early before the cruise (Saturday), that way, if there are any flight problems, I wouldn't miss the cruise. Coming back, my cruise returns at 7:00 AM on that Sunday, so I needed a 12:00-1:00 PM flight return flight from LAX.
The legacy carriers out of SGF were $405 + tax and then you add bag fees, we're pushing $500. I also looked out of BKG and FL had a decent price ($139 each-way), but, again, the schedule wouldn't work out for the times I need. WN's schedule isn't out yet, but their fares, on average, at MCI, were much higher than everyone else (averaging $160-200 each way).
So, I looked at STL, and I found a great fare on FL: $97 each-way! It's apparently part of the nation-wide fare sale that FL is currently having, where prices have basically been cut in half. With taxes/fees/seat fees, I paid just under $250! Plus, the schedule worked out well! I was amazed!
Sorry for the long background, but I felt it was necessary to provide before my question.
Anyway, after booking my FL flight, I started reading reviews (just for the heck of it!) and I what I read concerned me. A lot of people were reporting that FL has been allowing people's bags to go with just the $15 fee on the departure flight, but when they come home, the FL agents find a way to deem their bags "oversized" and they get whammed with a $49 oversize bag fee, in addition to the original $15.
The vast majority of the comments said that they were charged the oversized bag fee on their return flight. I only plan to check one bag, which I measured at 58" (L+W+H), but I am worried at the possibility that someone will try to scam me.
Is this something that I should be concerned about, or should everything be ok? Thanks!
***I've flown many times, but FL only once, and was before they offered the ability to pay to select your seats and we got stuck in the abominable Row 31 on a 717. UGH! That was a nightmare.....no window and I was utterly miserable!
[Edited 2010-03-19 07:31:36]