This is just another way that AA
and the other major airlines use to screw their customers, along with their $100.00 change fees and "use it or lose it" fare policies.
, their official response to the baggage fee is to offset the cost of handling luggage. So now instead of taking one piece of luggage that weighs over 50 pounds, passengers are now taking 2 pieces of luggage, both under 50 pounds, thus increasing the workload of the luggage handlers.
No low cost carrier has implemented this charge or the other rip off charges and this is another reason why the LCC's are gaining on the majors.
I know of a family who was ripped off by AA
on this luggage charge and they have sworn never to fly AA
again, they now fly only Southwest or Airtrans.
So who made out on this, AA
made some quick money but lost all their future business.
This is because AA
and the other major airlines are run by bean counters whose only concern is how much money they made today.