Baggage Check: US Airways Follows United With $25 Fee Per Extra Bag
We knew it was only a matter of time. US Airways became the second major domestic carrier to announce it will begin charging $25 for a second piece of checked luggage. United, which codeshares with US Airways, was the first when it announced earlier this month that it would start charging for an extra bag.
US Airways' policy is similar to United's: The charge for a second checked bag is $25. Any additional bags are $100 each. Heavy bags (those over 50 pounds) will also incur extra fees. Also, those who pay more for their tickets or who are serious frequent fliers (Dividend Miles Preferred members, those flying first or envoy class, and Star Alliance members holding silver status or higher) are exempt from the $25 charge.
But US Airways has taken it a step further: International travel is not exempt, as is the case on United. US Airways offers only a couple of nonstop international flights to the Caribbean from Reagan National, but it flies from all three of our region's airports to many international destinations via its hubs in Philadelphia and Charlotte.
Also, to add a quick response to the blogger comment on car seats: The new policy allows a stroller or car seat and one free checked bag per infant. And unaccompanied minors and active duty military in uniform are exempt from the new policy.
When United announced its new policy, we asked our chatters if they were more likely to book with another airline in light of the new fee. The overwhelming majority (80 percent) said yes.
Let us know:
By Carol Sottili |
February 27, 2008; 12:24 PM ET
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