Originally Posted by Simplemind
Quoting from the link posted above, "United is also raising the price of checking large items that require special handling, because of their size, weight or fragility. That cost can range from $100 to $200 and includes items like skis and golf bags. "
That's why I thought they already are charging for oversize. I guess it depends on which membership lever you are in.
No. Read the policy more carefully. Skis are considered "as bags". So ever as a general member, or as a total nobody, you get one checked bag free.
From their "Domestic baggage questions" page
|14. If I check one bag and a pair of skis, do I have to pay a second bag service fee?
Yes, sports equipment counts toward your baggage allowance and you would be charged a second bag service fee. If you only check your pair of skis, you would not be charged a second bag service fee.
All travel baggage (including but not limited to skis, golf clubs, boxes, suitcases, etc.) count toward your baggage allowance.
Your membership level determines how many bags you can check for free, and the maximum weight. But (ski bag+boot bag)=one regular bag for everyone. So your skis plus one rolling duffel or large (normal, not huge) suitcase with your other gear is going to cost you $25, if you're a non-status flyer, not $100. Their "Special items" page
makes that clear (in fact unusually clear for UA):
|Special Items fall into three categories:
* As Bags - Treated identically to suitcases and included in passenger’s bag allowance or treated as an excess bag as applicable
* Standard Sized - Handling fee applies regardless of other checked bags
* Large Sized - Handling fee applies regardless of other checked bags
Skis are in the "As Bags" category so are free if it's within your free number of bags (3 for me, 1 for you if you have no status with UA or Star Alliance). If it's not within your allowance, the skis (or the suitcase if the skis were bag#1) will cost you $25. You do have to keep the total weight of your ski and boot bag (if dumb enough to check boots) to 50lbs (though if you're Star Gold probably the 70lb/bag still applies).
Of course your surfboard will cost $100 and your kayak $200. But skis or snowboards are just "a suitcase" in terms of pricing.
Yes, it's a fee, but it's not all as much as what people are complaining about.