Baggage Fees Take Off

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  1. mscriv macrumors 601

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    The Southwest media campaign about free baggage is looking to be genius right now. The question is how long will they be able to maintain the policy as they seem to be the last holdout in this area.

    I always fly Southwest or American. When my entire family flies (wife and two kids) we usually have to check 3 bags. It totally stinks having to pay that extra $70 when we go with American.
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I am trying to do all my flying through Southwest for this very reason. I think this is total crap by the airlines. One checked bag should be included with the price of the ticket. I'm ok with charging for extras, but charging for the first is beyond ridiculous in my opinion.
     
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    mscriv, you should only pay $60. Just check with one of the kids.

    I just paid $25 for one bag on US Airways.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I don't take trips where I have to take more than my carry-ons. Not because I particularly care about the fees...I just never have a need.
     
  5. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Baggage fees on the first checked bags are highway robbery. In order to look cheaper on the online comparison booking sites, the base fare is lower. You add in bagage fees, and you are much more expensive! I am flying JetBlue on Friday and am happy to say my first bag is free!
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I flew AlaskaAir to Florida in December and the overhead bins were absolutely heaving. I'm not really sure if the airlines are winning much with this one.
     
  7. mscriv thread starter macrumors 601

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    American told us there was no price difference in checking for me vs. my 4 year old. But, hey I'm willing to try again, it never hurts to ask. Luckily, our last flights, this past September, were booked just prior to American's baggage rate increase. They used to be $15 for the first bag and $25 for the second, but now they're at the rates listed above. The other part of the rip off is that the baggage fee is paid per flight, so in reality on one round trip ticket you pay baggage each way. (Pay for ticket once - pay for baggage twice) :(
     
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    SWA lucked out by hedging their fuel yrs ago. Great company. Very happy pilots.
     
  10. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    mscriv, just wait until 2014 and no more Wright Amendment.
     
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Perhaps, and just maybe, checking a bag with a kid is a great idea if that bag were at all the size of a carry on? I think people are smart enough to give each person the largest carry on they can have and check only what is needed. Give the guy some credit. :)
    Isn't that great for you? Not everyone can cram their **** into what is the acceptable carry-on sized bag and get away with it.

    As someone who cannot cram everything into a carry on if I am gone more than 3 days I have to admit that the prices are ridiculous. If they claim this is to cover fuel then what's the reason for the drastic hike in prices of tickets? Frankly this a futile attempt to save a failing company or failing companies. SWA did it right when everyone else said they were out of their minds.
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's not a random number, it's probably just a random formula for calculating it :-o

    It is great, and I know not everyone can get away with it. Not my problem.

    Airlines are going to be the next bailout. You complain now... just wait til its your tax dollars as well.
     
  13. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502

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    I was charged $350 for baggage fee because I was overweight with an airliner I don't remember right now. Crazy thing is that after I checked in my luggage and was charged the fee I was able to buy duty free crap and not get charged for that extra weight. It's a complete scam.
     
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    Yeah, they're one of the best paying airlines in the industry, and for the most part the company has a pretty solid relationship with the pilot group. It just goes to show that you can have a successful airline and not have to crap all over your employees to get it.
     
  15. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    It is not your problem, true. I don't make it anyone's problem either. I do what I can to save and pad for the expense. As far as complaining, I wasn't complaining so much as commenting on a process that is failing.
     
  16. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    There's an enlightening series of questions and answers plus an editorial run by the New York Times on the airline industry; the articles are a good read. "Captain Steve" discusses airfare a few times iirc.
     
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    Judging by your avatar and username, I'm guessing you're a pilot too!

    I've got a commercial, CFI & CFII, but not flying any more. Poor QOL and food stamp wages.
     
  18. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    All tickets should include one checked bag. These fees are absurd. It won't be long until they weigh us and then charge for the ticket.

    I fly JetBlue and they still include the first bag. They need to advertise that and take advantage like SW is.
     
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    Well, my username is a coincidence - I was born July 27th. ;) And you were smart for getting out. I always joke that one day I'll quit and go give five dollar hand jobs in back alleys - just to get my dignity back.
     
  20. jbennardo macrumors 6502a

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    This will make people even more stupid and inconsiderate about what they try to cram in the overhead compartments. I can't believe some of the stuff people claim is carry on. :eek:
     
  21. mscriv thread starter macrumors 601

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    If that happens it would be great. Based on the first set of Wright Amendment changes Southwest opened up direct routes to St. Louis (the in-laws) which is great when you can get an early $49 or $59 flight. However, even though they said Nashville (my family) was going to be the second major city opened, it has yet to materialize. So, flying Southwest to see my folks means a layover in Houston, San Antonio or something similar. Not to mention the prices of the tickets to Nashville are much higher. We usually break even going with American for these flights because they are direct and competitively priced.
     
  22. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    One of the beautiful things that has come out of the slight modification has meant American competitively pricing their seats, minus the bags of course.
     
  23. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    That they probably paid an executive hundreds of thousands of dollars to come up with.
     
  24. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    That's just silly. Why would you pay an executive when you could hire a consulting firm to send in a bunch of clueless MBAs to do a feasibility study and some multivariate testing. :rolleyes:
     
  25. Superdrive macrumors 6502a

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    Delta's quoted prices above are for online baggage checkin only. If you wait until the airport to pay, the prices are $25 and $35 respectively, a $10 hike from the original 2008 rates. If I recall correctly, the online prepayment discounts were $5 off the airport price, so the new $2 and $3 discounts give even less benefit.

    With that said, I hope people realize there is more cost to flying than the base ticket price. I expect to see Southwest Airlines' "Bags fly free" policy to start sticking in people's minds.
     

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