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(Fox News)   United Air Lines raises bag fees to $100. Tell your mother-in-law it's now cheaper to take the bus   (foxnews.com) divider line 79
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2012-06-24 08:41:03 AM
The airline said the increased fee reflects the increased cost of fuel and handling.


Link

So, we have to pay for their unsuccessful hedging as prices drop? Marvelous.
 
2012-06-24 09:15:11 AM

NewportBarGuy: The airline said the increased fee reflects the increased cost of fuel and handling.


Link

So, we have to pay for their unsuccessful hedging as prices drop? Marvelous.


I believe so but more importantly, they're doing it because, well, fark you airline customer. A reverse price war is in effect.
 
2012-06-24 09:31:53 AM
It's always been cheaper to take the bus
 
2012-06-24 09:35:25 AM
The bus may be cheaper, but that's a hell of a ride between the stops in New Orleans and Cape Town.
 
2012-06-24 10:12:39 AM
United Airlines is still in business?

Guess not for much longer.
 
2012-06-24 10:18:37 AM
And yet Southwest, though it may be the bus of the sky, is still doing fine. No baggage fees and very rarely late. Sure, no meals or proper peanuts, but hell, at least I get to where I want to go for a decent price and in a decent time frame.
 
2012-06-24 10:19:52 AM
Meh . . . who needs a second bag when traveling halfway around the world?
 
2012-06-24 10:33:08 AM

AliceBToklasLives: Meh . . . who needs a second bag when traveling halfway around the world?


If you can't fit what you need in one bag, you're doing it wrong.
 
2012-06-24 10:46:44 AM
Mrs bearcats and I are considering a trip to Europe in the next year or so. I'm hoping we can pack everything in one bag for both of us; partially because the bag fees are so damn high. Even at delta prices, that's an extra $200 added to the flight costs.
 
2012-06-24 10:48:52 AM
The result of this is even more giant obnoxious carryons that push the edges of the size limit.
 
2012-06-24 10:49:49 AM

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: proper peanuts


What the hell is a proper peanut?
 
2012-06-24 10:50:55 AM

bearcats1983: Mrs bearcats and I are considering a trip to Europe in the next year or so. I'm hoping we can pack everything in one bag for both of us; partially because the bag fees are so damn high. Even at delta prices, that's an extra $200 added to the flight costs.


try a hiking backpack like Marmot or something. It is small enough to count as carry-on luggage (I've taken it on multiple airlines without a problem) but big enough to hold a few days of clothes if you pack right.
 
2012-06-24 10:56:41 AM

bearcats1983: Mrs bearcats and I are considering a trip to Europe in the next year or so. I'm hoping we can pack everything in one bag for both of us; partially because the bag fees are so damn high. Even at delta prices, that's an extra $200 added to the flight costs.


Get the Delta American Express card. They waive the fee for the first year and you get a bag for free. After you take the flight just cancel the card.
 
2012-06-24 10:58:22 AM
Between baggage handling fees (and carryon baggage fees will be coming next, as that's the last of the "free" things you can do) and now charging extra fees for seats in the aisle, by the windows, and emergency exits, I am getting really surprised that airlines don't just advertising: "FLY FREE (some fees and surcharges may apply)!"
 
2012-06-24 11:09:58 AM
Most of this nonsense would end tomorrow if the feds started including ancillary fee revenue into the 7.5% tax on airline tickets (which goes to funding airports and air traffic control). The "only pay for what you use" line is just marketing for what is really a tax dodge.
 
2012-06-24 11:11:12 AM

Lobo2010: The result of this is even more giant obnoxious carryons that push the edges of the size limit.


This. So much this. I'm getting tired of getting on half full planes and every farking overhead bin and under the seat is filled with duffle bags and small suitcases. If you're carry-on needs wheels, it's not carry-on.
 
2012-06-24 11:34:07 AM
Almost to the point where it would be cheaper to by new clothes when you arrive your destination.
 
2012-06-24 11:52:06 AM

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: And yet Southwest, it may be the bus of the sky, is still doing fine. No baggage fees and very rarely late. Sure, no meals or proper peanuts, but hell, at least I get to where I want to go for a decent price and in a decent time frame.


Yeah but, Southwest doesn't do international does it? Not saying it justifies the felony-level fees that the other airlines charge, but it isn't a fair comparison either.
 
2012-06-24 11:53:05 AM
Just ship your bags. It's cheaper and you don't have to worry about all the hassle of lugging your... luggage around, getting it on the plane, getting it off the plane, waiting for the carrossel, etc.
 
2012-06-24 11:55:43 AM

foo monkey: AliceBToklasLives: Meh . . . who needs a second bag when traveling halfway around the world?

If you can't fit what you need in one bag, you're doing it wrong.


If you're going on vacation, sure. If you're staying/moving there for any length of time like a year or so...
 
2012-06-24 11:57:17 AM
and for flights to europe, try icelandair

baggage allowance is for two bags up to 23kg (50 pounds) per traveller, even in economy.

XL Airways also has this policy, but their customer service is awful to deal with
 
2012-06-24 11:57:46 AM

Cluckity: If you're carry-on needs wheels, it's not carry-on.

Your

incorrect use of this word shows us that you're not worth listening to.
 
2012-06-24 12:02:39 PM

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: And yet Southwest, though it may be the bus of the sky, is still doing fine. No baggage fees and very rarely late. Sure, no meals or proper peanuts, but hell, at least I get to where I want to go for a decent price and in a decent time frame.


Not really, Link
 
2012-06-24 12:03:24 PM

Pokey.Clyde: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: proper peanuts

What the hell is a proper peanut?


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-06-24 12:07:39 PM

Avonmore: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: And yet Southwest, it may be the bus of the sky, is still doing fine. No baggage fees and very rarely late. Sure, no meals or proper peanuts, but hell, at least I get to where I want to go for a decent price and in a decent time frame.

Yeah but, Southwest doesn't do international does it? Not saying it justifies the felony-level fees that the other airlines charge, but it isn't a fair comparison either.


I saw this on one of the news shows a few years ago that was discussing rising fuel cost. Southwest saw the cost of fuel rising and purchased oil futures to hedge the cost of fuel. That is why they are weathering the storm better than other airlines.
 
2012-06-24 12:13:33 PM

ongbok: Avonmore: Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: And yet Southwest, it may be the bus of the sky, is still doing fine. No baggage fees and very rarely late. Sure, no meals or proper peanuts, but hell, at least I get to where I want to go for a decent price and in a decent time frame.

Yeah but, Southwest doesn't do international does it? Not saying it justifies the felony-level fees that the other airlines charge, but it isn't a fair comparison either.

I saw this on one of the news shows a few years ago that was discussing rising fuel cost. Southwest saw the cost of fuel rising and purchased oil futures to hedge the cost of fuel. That is why they are weathering the storm better than other airlines.


With the purchase of Airtran, Southwest flies international now to the Caribbean and Mexico.
 
2012-06-24 12:19:25 PM
United Air Lines raises bag fees to $100. Tell your mother-in-law it's now cheaper to take the bus
I Didn't realize that we can take a bus overseas now.
 
2012-06-24 12:20:26 PM

bearcats1983: Mrs bearcats and I are considering a trip to Europe in the next year or so. I'm hoping we can pack everything in one bag for both of us; partially because the bag fees are so damn high. Even at delta prices, that's an extra $200 added to the flight costs.


Unless they'vce changed something since last I flew back to the States, you should get one free bag per person, not one for the both of you. Two large rollers plus a box or two of Space Bags and a vacuum, and you're care-freakin'-free for at least two weeks.
 
2012-06-24 12:23:10 PM

cig-mkr: United Air Lines raises bag fees to $100. Tell your mother-in-law it's now cheaper to take the bus
I Didn't realize that we can take a bus overseas now.


Most people wouldn't mind putting their mothers-in-law on a bus and pointing them toward the ocean.
 
2012-06-24 12:25:30 PM

bearcats1983: Mrs bearcats and I are considering a trip to Europe in the next year or so. I'm hoping we can pack everything in one bag for both of us



Sharing a suitcase with a woman? Hope you can get by on a tank top and a pair of track shorts, cuz that's all you're going to have room for.
 
2012-06-24 12:28:22 PM
I just had to pay $3000 for tickets for three people to Europe. Then I had to pay $400 extra, not just for baggage, but for the privilege of choosing our (non-premium) seats beforehand.

In fairness though, the airline's workers had to take 5% cuts in wages. (While the management took 2.8 million Euros in bonuses)

While selecting the seats I thought, how about the airlines charge more if you want to sit next to each other? Your underage child is traveling with you? We'll put him ten rows behind you, unless you pay us more.
 
2012-06-24 12:35:30 PM
I'd hate traveling anywhere with more than one too big for carry on duffel bag. I'd rather pay the laundromat every week and a half than lug around multiple duffles across Europe. And if you're spending months or years overseas, ship it ups or one of their competitors.
 
2012-06-24 12:59:47 PM
I Love Southwest Airlines.
 
2012-06-24 01:35:46 PM
Wow, if this is true, that's just awful!

Are any news media reporting on this story?
 
2012-06-24 01:44:12 PM

ChrisDe: I Love Southwest Airlines.


Yeah the Baltimore-Frankfurt flight they have is awesome.

/oh wait, they don't fly to Europe thus not an option
 
2012-06-24 01:47:40 PM

Honest Bender: Just ship your bags. It's cheaper and you don't have to worry about all the hassle of lugging your... luggage around, getting it on the plane, getting it off the plane, waiting for the carrossel, etc.


I am expecting UPS, FedEx or (most likely) DHL to open offices IN airports to do just this.
 
2012-06-24 02:09:08 PM

cig-mkr: United Air Lines raises bag fees to $100. Tell your mother-in-law it's now cheaper to take the bus
I Didn't realize that we can take a bus overseas now.


thatsthejoke.jpg

/not subby
 
2012-06-24 02:11:23 PM

stiletto_the_wise: Cluckity: If you're carry-on needs wheels, it's not carry-on.

Your incorrect use of this word shows us that you're not worth listening to.


But ending a sentence with a preposition is a-ok?

Douchebag.
 
2012-06-24 02:23:13 PM

finnished: Your underage child is traveling with you? We'll put him ten rows behind you, unless you pay us more.


For most parents, that's a farking bargain.
 
2012-06-24 02:25:12 PM

shower_in_my_socks: bearcats1983: Mrs bearcats and I are considering a trip to Europe in the next year or so. I'm hoping we can pack everything in one bag for both of us


Sharing a suitcase with a woman? Hope you can get by on a tank top and a pair of track shorts, cuz that's all you're going to have room for.


I read that in Jeff Foxworthy's voice.
 
2012-06-24 02:25:58 PM
hard to imagine that flying used to be fun in this country. now its a goddamned job. and you get to pay for the privilege too.
 
2012-06-24 02:26:35 PM

bangmaid: stiletto_the_wise: Cluckity: If you're carry-on needs wheels, it's not carry-on.

Your incorrect use of this word shows us that you're not worth listening to.

But ending a sentence with a preposition is a-ok?

Douchebag.


Ending sentences with a preposition is often entirely appropriate. Junior high English teachers are just too lazy (or unknowledgeable) to explain the appropriate circumstances.
 
2012-06-24 02:26:39 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: ChrisDe: I Love Southwest Airlines.

Yeah the Baltimore-Frankfurt flight they have is awesome.

/oh wait, they don't fly to Europe thus not an option


Yeah, that would be nice if SWA added Frankfurt. And dropped Baltimore.
 
jgi
2012-06-24 02:59:26 PM
It sucks but, you know, unless you're a business traveler you don't have to fly. Vote with your dollars if you're unhappy, don't just bend over and take it. I've been renting cars lately for trips and I've been surprised at how cheap it's gotten. I don't know what happened, but when I can rent a Ford Escape for an entire week for $250, well, I just don't see any reason to fly.
 
2012-06-24 03:33:35 PM
Lobo2010: The result of this is even more giant obnoxious carryons that long ago pushed way past the edges of the size limit.

FTFY
All airport gates that I've seen have these little baggage cages to measure if your bags are the right size or not. I've never seen one of them used, not the size limits enforced.
 
2012-06-24 03:48:09 PM

ChrisDe: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: ChrisDe: I Love Southwest Airlines.

Yeah the Baltimore-Frankfurt flight they have is awesome.

/oh wait, they don't fly to Europe thus not an option

Yeah, that would be nice if SWA added Frankfurt. And dropped Baltimore.


It would be very unfair, all the Europeans would get A seats since they have earlier timelines to checkin.

/still more organized than Ryanair's boarding process
 
2012-06-24 03:54:27 PM
FYI

I just moved from Iowa to Seattle and I had to carry two big bags and a carry on. I got a deeply discounted ticket (it was only 150$ from Cedar Rapids to Seattle) so I would've had to pay close to 400$ in baggage fees (two overweight bags).

Solution? I online checked in right as it was available and checked the "Upgrade to First class" option, it was 200$ with free bags. So I saved 200$ and was treated better.

/csb
 
2012-06-24 04:00:30 PM

shower_in_my_socks: bearcats1983: Mrs bearcats and I are considering a trip to Europe in the next year or so. I'm hoping we can pack everything in one bag for both of us


Sharing a suitcase with a woman? Hope you can get by on a tank top and a pair of track shorts, cuz that's all you're going to have room for.


I know, I know...it's probably a pipe dream. My wife isn't high maintenance, but I know she'd have to bring multiple pairs of shoes, cosmetic bag, etc, etc. As long as I don't have to carry around a 100 lb roller bag for a week, I won't complain.
 
2012-06-24 04:15:24 PM

cig-mkr: Almost to the point where it would be cheaper to by new clothes when you arrive your destination.


It might conceivably end up being cheaper at the $100 price point to Fed Ex your luggage to your destination, too.
 
2012-06-24 04:17:38 PM
Yeah, I'll just take the bus. It's amazing how many books you can fit onto a single e-reader and y'know, just kick back for a while.
 
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