United Airlines To Charge $25 For Checking 2 Bags

Can’t fit it all in one suitcase? United is going to start charging passengers a fee for checking more than one piece of luggage, $25 per bag. Elite frequent flyers will skip the charge. The new policy begins May 5. It’s certainly one way to pass fuel costs on to passengers using more fuel, without raising up-front fare prices.

United to charge fliers checking 2 bags [AP]
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  1. qwickone says:

    Well I would certainly rather this than increasing the fare. Particularly if i check bags it’s usually only 1

  2. Propaniac says:

    I feel sorry for the employees who are going to have a lot of ireful customers to deal with on May 5.

  3. Roadkill says:

    Well I’m glad I just graduated from college a year ago. I used to fly United all the time (cheaper flights), but when you’re changing your home for months at a time you pack two bags every time.

  4. MercuryPDX says:

    United will charge all customers $100 per bag for up to four additional bags.

    I’m hoping this is a typo in the article, or is it a sliding scale fee?

    1 bag – free
    2 bags – $25
    3 bags – $125
    4 bags – $225
    5 bags – $325
    6 bags – $425

  5. AaronZ says:

    Sucks if you’re a skier. Guess I’ll be flying anyone other than United out west next year.

    So, it’s an extra fee for another bag. An extra fee for an overweight bag.
    We’re going to be seeing a LOT more of those obnoxiously oversized carryone bags soon won’t we?

  6. Franklin Comes Alive! says:

    @MercuryPDX:
    I’m pretty sure you’re right on the money with your chart.

  7. Franklin Comes Alive! says:

    And I’ll play devil’s advocate with the good-old “if you’re going to charge me $25 for a bag that weighs (max) 50 pounds, when do I get my discount for being skinny and/or when do you start charging fatties more” card.

  8. serreca says:

    Great, now people will keep bringing huge carry-on bags on the plane. There’s already barely enough space in those bins.

  9. 8abhive says:

    It’s been a very long time since I agreed with anything from the mouths of airlines, but this actually sounds reasonable.

  10. scoosdad says:

    What this will accomplish will be to absolutely jam their overhead bins with carry-on bags. And further slow down the TSA security checks with more bags on the belt. Thanks United.

  11. ClayS says:

    @serreca:

    Good point. Now there’s a disincentive to checking bags. And when the flight attendant needs to tell someone that dragged some huge bag into the cabin that it needs to be checked, is she going to need to charge the passenger a fee?

  12. Islandkiwi says:

    Doesn’t this encourage people to travel with carry-ons? Really, the airlines should be discouraging carry-on items as much as possible. It slows the boarding/unboarding process, it’s a hazard to have baggage over your head, and it increases the likelihood that someone has smuggled a dangerous item onboard.

  13. AD8BC says:

    Each trip. One carry on and one checked bag (especially since I carry a tool bag). This way, if my checked bag doesn’t get there when I do, at least I have a change of clothes. And, since I don’t carry any liquids in my carry-ons (too much hassle refilling those 3 ounce containers all the time), and if my checked bags don’t make it, most hotels offer a courtesy assortment of toiletries at the front desk.

  14. Kos says:

    @ClayS:
    @serreca:

    So no weight limit on carry on bags but a weight limit and 1 bag limit on checked bags? So basically people are going to carry the heaviest possibe non-liquid items through security and onto the plane which will now be sitting above everyone’s heads? Brilliant.

    I hate United. POS airline.

  15. siskamariesophie says:

    Do we know if this new policy applies to international travel as well? If that’s the case, I won’t be flying United again when I stock up on delicious, unpasteurized foods in Europe. I’m a strong believer in checking all but my purse, snacks and some easy-reading but if forced, I sure as hell will be stuffing the overhead bins like everyone else.

  16. emilymarion333 says:

    I do not this as being unreasonable. When I travel I bring my laptop bag as a carry on and check 1 small suite case. If you have to bring more than that then you should pay for it.

  17. B says:

    Will they also limit carry-on size/items?

  18. Geekybiker says:

    So rather than check my roll aboard, I’ll now take it in cabin 100% of the time. I think the other commenters are right when they say all this will do is clog security lines and overhead bins. They say 25% of people check a 2nd bag. With this, I would expect the roll aboards to nearly double. Its already hard enough to find overhead luggage space. :(

  19. unklegwar says:

    @Kos: Good idea. Hope my snowboard carrier fits in overhead.

    I wonder how this affects the rule that a ski bag and associated ski boot bag counted as a single item as long as they only contained skis/poles and boots respectively. Now a ski trip will be out of the question because that’ll be 3 bags! (clothes, skis, boots).

    And while I’m on the subject of ski trips, since winter clothes are so much bulkier, I’m not even going to be able to pack a single day worth of clothes. Shame on me for being 6’2″ and wearing large sizes.

  20. unklegwar says:

    @emilymarion333: Well, of course everything should use YOU and YOUR situation as a standard.

    That was a completely self-absorbed and ignorant comment.

    Not everyone is as small/large as you.
    Not everyone is traveling for the same purpose as you.
    Not everyone is staying as long as you.
    Not everyone has the same needs as you.

  21. trailboss says:

    Thats awesome. More bags for them to lose. Keep receipts for stuff you buy throughout the year, x-box, laptops, all kinds of stuff, so you can say that stuff was in the bags when they lose them and gets PAID!

  22. balthisar says:

    I guess I’ll have to avoid them for lucrative business travel. How do I justify that on my expense reports? Just increase the fares, and heck, increase them a little more so we can have snacks, meals, and legroom again.

  23. ecwis says:

    @Islandkiwi: Airlines actually like customers using carry-ons versus checked bags. When you check a bag, it has to be handled by several of their employees. When you carry it on, you have to do all the work. Also, they are liable for your bag when it’s checked. If anything is lost or damaged, they have to pay to replace it.

    I just flew Continental yesterday and they actually printed messages on my boarding pass reminding me to bring a carry-on.

    And also, my bag hasn’t been searched since I was SSSS’ed “randomly” so I don’t think it necessarily increases the lines at TSA. And TSA, that’s a completely different issue… You can’t blame their inefficiency on the airlines.

  24. snoop-blog says:

    yeah cram it all in one bag, and when it pushes 50lbs, pay $25 for every 25lbs your luggage went over.

  25. emilymarion333 says:

    @unklegwar:

    I am going to assume my situation is standard. I travel twice a month for business and most people in my field do the same thing – bring 1 bag as a carry on and check another. I knew I had a bunch of stuff to check I would assume it would cost me more and I would be willing to pay the fee without throwing a fit. If I was going anywhere for a long period of time it’s common knowledge that it is cheaper to ship by fed-ex.

  26. jamesdenver says:

    If I duct tape two suitcases together and tie the handles together will that count as 1?

    They should be basing this on weight not size…

  27. 8abhive says:

    I understand we never like to pay more, but why shouldn’t additional cargo/weight cost more? Isn’t this a situation where people are being made to pay for their actual impact on the resources? Sure, $25 seems arbitrary but I remember years ago when a 3rd checked bag was $50. I’d prefer some kind of actual displacement/weight formula but $25 isn’t that much considering what can be stuffed into a full-size case.

  28. ecwis says:

    @siskamariesophie: Yeah, I don’t see this as a problem for domestic travel.

    The fee only applies to tickets within the US and Canada. “..if your itinerary includes a city outside the U.S., Canada or U.S. Territories as any part of either the origin or destination then you will not be assessed a service fee for the second bag.”

    There are more exceptions to this fee. It doesn’t apply to customers in business or first class. Also, it doesn’t apply for “customers traveling on connecting flights where the first flight is not operated by United”.
    [www.united.com],6722,52519,00.html

  29. ecwis says:

    @ecwis: That link didn’t “link” properly. Use this one instead.

    [tinyurl.com]

  30. ironchef says:

    United lost my respect and my business. Too bad. I just flew last week cross country to DC last week on united.

  31. wealthkick says:

    The money to offset rising fuel costs has to come from somewhere.

  32. akalish says:

    This is just going to make flying an even worse experience for both passengers and airline employees. I’ve asked my magic crystal ball what to expect and Zorba has predicted that within three weeks of the institution of this rule, there will be at least one instance of a passenger getting threatened with arrest and getting water dumped on their head because the airline doesn’t like their bags. This is possibly wht worst PR move ever. lol…sigh…

  33. ClayS says:

    @emilymarion333:

    Sounds like a good assumption.

  34. catskyfire says:

    This isn’t new to some of us. I’ve flown Allegiant a few times, and they charge for EACH bag. Even the first one.

  35. jamesdenver says:

    @ironchef:

    I’m sure they care…

  36. Geekybiker says:

    This is actually going to be a real problem for people going on cruises. Alot of ships leave out of Puerto Rico. That is included on the 1 bag limit, and its really hard to pack adequately for a cruise with only one checked bag.

  37. DrGirlfriend says:

    @emilymarion333: Because we all travel for business? Because no matter how you travel, business travelers set the baseline for how much we should all have to pack?

    I agree that all this will do is clog up carry-on space onboard. The more carry-ons to deal with, the longer it takes to deplane. I wonder to what extent deplaning times affect on-time departures? Some flights seem to have a pretty small amount of time on the ground between trips.

  38. typetive says:

    I actually had a really good experience at a ticket counter last May in Chicago. I had two bags that totalled 100 lbs. But one was 62 and the other was 39. The ticket agent actually encourated me to rebalance my load.

    Since I was returning from a candy convention, I gave her a “tip” of some extra chocolate bars I had … she laughed, it turned out that she only worked part time for United. Her day-job was as a dental hygenist.

    Still, I’d be SOL if I couldn’t bring oodles of samples back from my trade shows.

  39. itsgene says:

    What with the insanity coming from the TSA, the increasing restrictions on what you can and can’t pack, and the per-bag fees… well, I think it is finally cheaper and easier to just ship your bags there with FedEx. Probably less likely to get lost, as well.

  40. ecwis says:

    @typetive: It’s actually not that uncommon to run into a helpful airline rep but people have to realize that they are limited in their powers. They do have to follow certain rules which they don’t make. I’m sure their job would be a lot easier if they didn’t have to enforce rules because it only results in excessive complaining by their customers. So if you’re nice to them, as it seems you were, they are willing to work with you. :-)

  41. AD8BC says:

    @typetive: Actually, I have never had to pay the excess weight fee. On occasion, my bag exceeds 50 pounds. They tell me that it is overweight and ask if I could add more to my carry on. I simply pull out my American Express card and tell them to just charge me the fee. They decline (additional work, long line behind me) and just stick the “heavy” sticker on it and let it pass.

    I wouldn’t mind paying it if they let me. I’d get reimbursed at work for it anyway.

  42. starbreiz says:

    I don’t like this policy. I always check two small bags – one for toiletries (makeup case, hair products etc) that I can leave in the hotel bathroom, and a small suitcase for clothes. I can shove it all into a larger suitcase thats under 50 lbs, but it’s the same weight total! It won’t save the airline anyway. Why not just lower the total weight requirement or something?

    And no, carryon isn’t an option – I have waist length hair and use lots of conditioner :)

  43. chiieddy says:

    And people wonder why I’m shipping my camping gear ahead for our summer camping trip to Yellowstone.

    You can ship to a FedEx/Kinkos or even the USPS (Kinkos often has better hours but is more money) to Yourself @ the address of the PO or Kinkos (If PO, use c/o Postmaster) and write “Hold for pickup”. FedEx/Kinkos will charge you $2/box per day and the PO is free.

  44. bver100 says:

    @catskyfire:
    i would assume that allegiant is one of the budget carriers that charge per amenity (ie snack, headphones, etc). United isn’t one of those…

  45. camille_javal says:

    on carry-on bags – there are already limits on carry-on bags – most airlines (unless united is unusual – I haven’t flown them in a while) allow 1 carry on and 1 “personal item” (purse/briefcase/laptop case/knapsack); both have to fit the dimensions of the plane’s storage space – so, I don’t see how this will have a significant effect (although, I’m assuming most people bring the carry on and personal item, and most people use the largest carry on they can – not because I do, but because it sure as hell looks like 90% of people do)

    I do wonder about the gate-checking, though – I had to go to a formal event several months ago, and I checked my regular suitcase, but had a small rolling bag as a carry on (I had a lot of crap I needed for the formal event). It normally fits on planes, but I didn’t realize I’d be on a tiny commuter plane for part of my trip, and had to check the bag from there. Would that have gotten an extra charge from United? I don’t see how… United’s policy could inspire abuse of gate-checking, I suppose.

  46. Cycledoc says:

    This is another way of increasing your fare. No food, decreased baggage allowance, pay extra to reserve a seat, etc, etc, etc. its all a matter finding ways to charge for things that were formerly included.

    This is another type of race to the bottom.

  47. biblio26 says:

    @starbreiz: I have the same problem. I usually check my toiletries since they are not permitted in the cabin any longer. Now, I’ll have to try to shove them in my husband’s suitcase. It’s not like $25 is going to bankrupt me, but the extra charge just annoys me. Why don’t they weigh the luggage per person and charge over a specific weight, not amount of suitcases?

  48. bohemian says:

    Just more fees on the average person. Unless your some sort of high wealth whale or a high profit (constant use) customer everything seems to cost more in extra fees dumped on the little guy.

  49. SnotFare says:

    BASTARDS!!!

  50. bohemian says:

    Extra suitcase = fee
    Less than a billion in deposits at the bank = fees
    Cuts in line and preferential service for anyone proving wealth or waving some serious cash. Everyone else gets an across the board cut in service.

  51. modenastradale says:

    Easy to avoid. Just bring your way-oversized luggage to the gate, perhaps make a token effort at bullying it into the too-small overhead compartment, and the crew will check it at that time — but they’ll probably have no mechanism to charge you for it, since that would be far too time-consuming.

    Only risk is that with a handwritten tag, your bag will get lost. I wouldn’t do this except on a nonstop flight.

  52. kepler11 says:

    remember, you still have a large-piece carryon allowance. That plus a checked bag, and you still can bring 2 bags without charge.

  53. econobiker says:

    We’ll see those Elite frequent flyers with a dolly full of silver cased luggage for a family of four to fly to their 4th home in Aspen, CO for a 7 day winter break…

    That said- I did see a huge Spanish family push the limits one time. Every adult and child had several cardboard boxes to whatever the check bag limit was for that airline. They even knew to use rope on the boxes as handles so that the boxes wouldn’t be charged as cargo. The check in agent had to get sign offs on liability for all the boxes. From what I gathered they were moving someone from one place to another….

  54. MARTHA__JONES says:

    @Geekybiker: My thoughts exactly.

  55. RandomHookup says:

    @biblio26:

    Why don’t they weigh the luggage per person and charge over a specific weight, not amount of suitcases?

    Very light bags cause a problem with “cubing out” where the available space fills up before the hold hits its weight limit. IANABH (baggage handler).

  56. snoop-blog says:

    once again, glad i fly southwest, there are no b.s. fees for extra bags, just extra heavy bags.

  57. snoop-blog says:

    i’m filming a show in my spare time where the basis is all about packing light. but it’s geared more towards outdoor survival. maybe i’ll adopt the same concept for vacation traveling. would not be as interesting though, a whole different demographic than the first show.

  58. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    That added to the fuel surcharge should make United even more popular.

    Way to go United! You know, I see a $25 charge to use the lavatory, and maybe a $10 charge for each carryon…maybe an “air tax” if you’re breathing United’s air.

    Fly the greedy skies.

  59. Mr. Cynical says:

    This actually doesn’t bother me at all- but I always carry-on.

  60. Craig says:

    @Geekybiker: If you can afford a cruise, I’m sure the extra $25 for a second bag isn’t going to be that much of a financial burden.

    @snoop-blog: I’m pretty sure when I flew Southwest at the beginning of the year there was a surcharge for extra bags. And if you make a video about packing light for general travel I’d buy it.

  61. snoop-blog says:

    @Craig: i think southwest, no joke, allowed 3 bags per person to be checked. we were traveling for weeks so we not only had 3 bags a piece, but we each had a carry on as well….that trip is what started the whole packing light attitude of mine.

  62. Craig says:

    @snoop-blog: I just verified that as of 1/29 Southwest has the same baggage surcharges as United.

  63. rjhiggins says:

    @emilymarion333: “If I was going anywhere for a long period of time it’s common knowledge that it is cheaper to ship by fed-ex.”

    Uh, you should check your “common knowledge.” Try sending a 50-pound suitcase cross-country via FedEx and see what it costs you.

    More convenient and fewer hassles, sure. More peace of mind, absolutely. But cheaper? Not likely.

    (And by the way, you and your colleagues are not typical. More people fly for leisure than for business.)

  64. Craig says:

    @snoop-blog: Oops, my mistake…they’ve lowered the limit to two and charge $25 for the third and a much higher amount for more than three.

  65. rjhiggins says:

    @snoop-blog: From Southwest’s website: “Excess Baggage: Effective January 29, 2008, you may check a third bag for a charge of $25. Your 4th through 9th bag or item will incur a charge of $50 per piece, and any bag or item thereafter will be $110 per piece.”

    Same as just about all the airlines.

  66. quail says:

    Anyone know the name of a good baggage shipper? You know, those companies that will ship your bags for you? Or is it pretty much just UPS and FedEx for the states?

  67. ironchef says:

    @jamesdenver:

    They probably don’t give a crap about their customers. That’s why they suck.
    I can only live with the satisfaction they won’t get a dime from me or an ounce of positive PR.

  68. ecwis says:

    @quail: Yeah you’d be better off using FedEx directly. The baggage handlers are basically just a middleman. I’m pretty sure that they just use UPS/FedEx/DHL to ship your luggage. Some might offer additional services.

    Most people don’t know this but you can actually just ship your suitcase with FedEx. You don’t have to put it in a box or anything.

  69. wordsmithy says:

    If I don’t check any luggage will United give me $25?

  70. Deadmessenger says:

    The irony here is that frequent travelers with elite status (I am one, on Delta) are the ones LEAST likely to check any bags at all.

    I kind of understand where this policy comes from, but what I really would like to see is a reduction in the size of the maximum-size carryon. I’m just sick to death of being asked to stow my very small laptop case (my typical carryon on up-and-back day trips) under the seat in front of me (taking away footroom and making my flight more uncomfortable) so that some self-important glutton can have a place to put their carryon in an overhead bin. Even better, how about starting to actually enforce the size rule at checkin rather than leave that job to the flight crew? I was on a flight last month where some nitwit stood there holding up aisle traffic for 5 minutes trying to shoehorn his enormous garment bag into the overhead bin, then had a grade-A conniption when the flight attendant, to her eternal credit, insisted that he gate-check his bag.

  71. uricmu says:

    Most airplanes have enough space for all the luggage; this is a joke.

    Also, a lot of people coming internationally with connections are now going to get screwed because your other flight allows you to check in two bags.

    And for those of you traveling with just a laptop bag: maybe if you’re traveling for an overnight trip. If you take a week somewhere, you’ll need more than a bag.

  72. Amy Alkon says:

    Well, if we’re going to do it by weight, I think they should weigh the damn passengers and their luggage. I’m a bit of a clothes horse, but I’m a skinny chick. Put me on a scale with my suitcase, and I’ll still weigh in at a smaller number than a lot of people who “travel light” in terms of what they pack.

  73. Amy Alkon says:

    I’m just sick to death of being asked to stow my very small laptop case (my typical carryon on up-and-back day trips) under the seat in front of me (taking away footroom and making my flight more uncomfortable) so that some self-important glutton can have a place to put their carryon in an overhead bin.

    I’m with you. I also bring a laptop and a purse on flights — both of which can be stuffed under my seat, along with my coat, cutting my leg room…but why shouldn’t I be able to put my small laptop bag in the overhead just because some asshat has chosen to sneak a rolling bag sizable enough for transporting a corpse onto the plane?

  74. XTC46 says:

    they should do this by weight. Give you Xlbs included in your ticket cost, anything over that is $1/lb (or whatever it costs them in gas+employee) I typically carry one carry on and a checked bag if i am traveling for vacation or something, but if its for business ill usually just have a carry on, so this wont affect me. But its still not fair.

  75. XTC46 says:

    oh, and for those who think that heavier people should pay more, I agree with that too. Im a big guy…it has to cost the airline more to move my 6’3″ 260lb+ body then it does to move my girlfriend…even with her billion bags of shoes.

  76. comopuedeser says:

    @xtc46: @AaronZ: @xtc46:

    Helpful Tip: If you need more luggage space, simply layer up and bring an empty plastic bag or two. Stuff your pockets with socks, shirts, underwear, and wear multiple pairs of pants. Then take all the extra off upon boarding. It is a free way to get to carry on an extra bag or more.

  77. ecwis says:

    @uricmu: If they are on a connecting flight, and their first flight is not a United flight, this fee will not apply.

  78. FLConsumer says:

    Keep it up United… I’m starting to think you really are trying to put yourselves out of business.

    @Amy Alkon: Tell me about it. As a “skinny” I’d love the cheaper fares & more luggage capacity.

  79. STrRedWolf says:

    If I didn’t need another reason to not fly United…

    $25 to bring in a costume in a separate piece of luggage the same size, and the combination is under 50 lbs?

  80. DearEditor says:

    @jamesdenver: Yes, you can tape your bags together (securely). I do it with guitars routinely.

    You can fit three electric guitars in a golf club bag. When you find the oversized luggage “pile”, all the golf bags are lined up neatly by the wall. Golf clubs are the mark of the litigious class.

    There is a weight limit for cabin luggage in Canada. The trick is not letting the flight crew touch your bag, and not groaning when you lift it into the bin.

  81. Me - now with more humidity says:

    What about car seats? Those of us who travel with well-behaved kids need to check a car seat.

  82. Maulleigh says:

    Damn!!! That’s cold. Although it stinks cuz now you HAVE to check your bags if you want to bring any liquids aboard. After Christmas, I have to check two bags: one for my clothes and a box for my GIFTS!!

    Why you gotta be like that United? I guess there’s always Amtrak….NO NO NO! A thousand times no!

  83. ord2fra says:

    Fair disclosure: I work for UA, but not in a customer contact role.

    What I find interesting is the comments on this story and those of another story in the last week of a company restricting your ability to carry your items, Whole Foods and their discontinuation of free plastic bags:

    [consumerist.com]

    Whole Foods is lauded, while UA is reviled. Is it because WF did it as a green measure? I’m sure WF is also pleased that they no longer have that cost, but will there be a corresponding drop in food prices?

    This will stick. First, unbundling services is common in every other industry (Cell Phones, Cable, Tax Prep, you name it). Why should the person flying to a 2-day meeting and only using one bag subsidize the “Diana Ross” passengers out there that travel with three 50-lb bags for a 1 week cruise? Second, if you *do* check a bag, it should arrive quicker and more reliably due to less checked bags in the system once at your destination.

    Finally, it is common among carriers in Europe (Ryanair) and some in the US (Spirit) to charge for *every* piece of baggage. It’s already happened with inflight meals. Soon, the fare you pay will be for basic transportation, with a menu of add-ons to that fare. More legroom? $50. Checking bags? $25/ea each way. Food? $5. Again, just like EVERY OTHER INDUSTRY out there.

    Raising fares is just not an option due to commodity pricing and the “Sort by lowest price” in use at travel websites. The key is that all of these fees are completely OPTIONAL.

  84. CurbRunner says:

    Oh what fun!…
    Now they’ll actually be able to charge you in advance to lose that bag.
    If that bag doesn’t show up at the baggage pick-up they’d better be ready to return that extra fee on the spot. Also, don’t hold your breath thinking that United will be the only airline that will be charging this extra bag fee.
    And what do you think the future holds for the chance of having pay toilets aboard those planes?

  85. CurbRunner says:

    @uricmu: said…”Also, a lot of people coming internationally with connections are now going to get screwed because your other flight allows you to check in two bags.”

    The article actually said: “New fees apply to trips within the U.S. and or those that include Canada, San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. Customers whose itineraries include other international flights will still be able to check the second bag for free.”

  86. quagmire0 says:

    Ugh. The one thing I don’t like about living in the Chicagoland area is that in order to get to a warm-weather climate area in the winter my options are to fly and pay up the rear, or drive 18-26 hours. Not much of an option with a 10 month old. :D

  87. Quellman says:

    Why not take the paint off the planes like they did when there was a gas shortage? Then they can pack on more luggage without charging more. Oh yea, that means work.

  88. ecwis says:

    @ord2fra: The point is that United is supposed to be superior to the pathetic airlines called Spirit and RyanAir.

    Customers flying legacy airlines don’t like to be nickel and dimed. It’s expected if they’re on Spirit but United better not succumb to their level or they’ll lose their elite flyers.

  89. rjhiggins says:

    @Amy Alkon: That’s hardly fair (weighing passengers). I’m 6-foot-6 and weigh 225 pounds — hardly overweight. Yet my extra 100 pounds should count against me vs. a 125-pound woman?

  90. FLConsumer says:

    @rjhiggins: Absolutely… It costs more (laws of physics) to haul your extra 100 lbs around. Why should someone who’s 125 lbs pay for your girth and excess?

  91. yetiwisdom says:

    If it’s between paying a higher fare for all passengers and packing smart to save some bucks, I’ll pack smart, thanks.

    As for everyone saying that “now there’s a disincentive for checking bags” – there always has been a disincentive – waiting for a half an hour or more at the baggage carousel! For that reason alone I haven’t checked a bag in years.

  92. CurbRunner says:

    It’s getting close to the edge here, where a weight-based decision will have to be made, at the airlines’ check-in counters, as to whether or not any particular customer will actually have to be put in the cargo hold during their flight.
    Of course, there’ll be that extra charge for a seat and portable heater in that space.

  93. tailstoo says:

    Fine – do I get a credit if I don’t check a bag? Seems only fair.

    Save me another $5 and keep the stale snacks too!

  94. jawacg says:

    At the rate fares are going up, pretty soon you can charter a private flight. Sheesh.

  95. mathew says:

    So instead of two smaller suitcases, United want me to pack one huge suitcase that’s the size of the small ones combined? How does that help anyone?