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post #1 of 9
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I knew it wouldn't be long until others followed United's lead. US Airways has its largest hub here in Philly and I always avoid them at all costs. In one way it might make things better here because US Airways always loses baggage so maybe with less bags they can actually do something right.

Read the story here: http://www.usatoday.com/travel/fligh...sair-bag_N.htm
post #2 of 9
Not too surprising. One way or the other we end up paying for the extra weight of extra baggage.

Arpey probably won't follow too soon, and I really only care about AA. The rest of the carriers can do what they will, I'm trying to make 1MM. I've already got about 70K frequent FFM, might make a ski trip to Chile with them
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One of the problems I see with the surcharge is the cheap SOBs trying to carry their entire wardrobe as a carry on, further slowing loading and unloading..........

I'm sure glad I don't travel for business anymore!
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I can't wait to see what this is going to do to already slow check in lines. Now they'll have to handle cash and credit card payments at check in. Yippee!

(I just wish the airlines would charge about 20% more, or whatever it takes, and provide the service they used to. Flying these days is all about zero service.)
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One of the problems I see with the surcharge is the cheap SOBs trying to carry their entire wardrobe as a carry on, further slowing loading and unloading..........

I'm sure glad I don't travel for business anymore!
Agreed. That will make the carry on problem even worse if thats possible.

They'd better really step up enforcement of the carry on rules if they're going to implement this. That's my biggest reservation about the whole thing. Unless they address that I'd rather subsidize other people's luggage a bit then have to miss connections because people are bringing four bags carry on or doing curbside check in.
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I can't wait to see what this is going to do to already slow check in lines. Now they'll have to handle cash and credit card payments at check in. Yippee!

(I just wish the airlines would charge about 20% more, or whatever it takes, and provide the service they used to. Flying these days is all about zero service.)
AA tried that, remember MRTC (More room throughout coach)? Generally more of a focus on service and comfort in exchange for slightly higher prices. Result, they lost business.

When it comes down to, despite the rhetoric, most people want the cheapest flight they can get. Though it could also be a lack of information in the market place, in that people didn't really know which carrier has more or less service, so just get the cheapest ticket. It would be really interesting if when almost finished with booking people had the option to "Pay 10% more and get better service and more leg room" THEN see what people pick. Impossible to implement though :
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AA tried that, remember MRTC (More room throughout coach)? Generally more of a focus on service and comfort in exchange for slightly higher prices. Result, they lost business.
And more generally -- "discount" airlines seem to be the ones not declaring bankruptcy every other year.

I guess I'm not clear on what kind of "service" you are willing to pay extra for and/or bemoaning the loss of. I don't really need an airline to be doing much more than getting me from point A to point B in the advertised timeframe. I'm not usually willing to pay the differential between Jetblue/Southwest and coach fares on carriers like United/US Airways now, and I'd be even less likely to do so if they raised their prices further.

If I traveled a lot, I might pay more for a significantly better chance of leaving/arriving on time. I might pay more for extra legroom/comfort on long flights, but not in the range of what airlines try to charge for business/first class seating. 10% more for a couple inches of legroom might be worth it. 100% more is not -- and I'm someone who could really use it!
post #8 of 9
Hey, look, US Airways is still in business.

Not sure why.
post #9 of 9
Actually US is going UA one worse. US is enforcing this policy even on international flights. United excludes international flights from the $25 2nd bag fee, recognizing that on an international trip many people need to take an extra bag.

Another reason to avoid US Airways. Not that anybody needs a reason.
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