Following United’s lead, US Airways announced that non-elite passengers will be required to pay $25 for a second checked bag beginning May 5, 2008. All Dividend Miles Preferred elite members, confirmed first class and envoy passengers and Star Alliance Silver and Gold members will be exempt and can continue to check two bags at no charge. In addition, the airline will allow two complimentary checked bags for uniformed active military personnel, unaccompanied minors and customers checking assistive devices.
The new policy will apply to all tickets purchased on or after Feb. 26, 2008 for travel on or after May 5, 2008. Unlike United’s new policy, which primarily applies to North American destinations, US Airways’ policy will apply to all flights within the U.S. and to or from Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. The $25 fee is one way only, so if you plan to check a second bag on the outbound and return trip, you will have to pay a total of $50.