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Discussion in 'United Airlines | MileagePlus' started by sfo1, Jun 16, 2012.
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Just heard on the news that UA has now increased the 2nd checked baggage fee to Europe to $100.00
This is a pretty ridiculous fee.
If true then this is just ridiculous, I'm sure UA is hoping that the other carriers will follow suit.
Yes, it is true. It went into effect on June 1.
And UA followed DL.
Further proof delta air lines is the Wing of Satan.
The problem is: does this make UA one of Satan's demons ?
Or the King of Sky Pesos.
AFAIK and checking AA & US they haven't followed suit yet...
Apparently UA implimented this increase but is waiting to see if the other airlines follow. Wouldn't it be nice of one of the legacy carriers finally said enough is enough, this has got to stop. But none of them are willing to take that step, they would prefer to follow the others over the cliff and into the abyss, but one day not too far away the worm will turn, and the airlines will be begging for passengers once again after a terrible disaster, it is such a shame, what the airlines have turned into.
This seems like wishful thinking to me. I do not see the cliff and abyss you do here.
Just check 1 bag. Problem solved.
As in everything, there are cycles, and right now, the airlines are in the drivers seat, but this will eventually change as do all things.
I think the last time I personally checked two bags on an international (probably any, actually) flight was nearly 20 years ago. I was relocating to another country.
I'm not sure I'd call surviving with maybe a couple percent profit margin in a good year being "in the driver's seat".
It's not like the airlines are raking in massive profits. Even in the best of times there's very little profit to be made, and massive capital expenditures required. Consumer price pressure is so strong that today's tickets have a similar cost in dollars to those decades ago. Oil prices have certainly not remained static.
AA was in such a "driver's seat" that they went bankrupt.
With the demand for low fares above all, along with increased operating costs, I have a difficult time seeing how things could not go down this road. The market is getting what it has asked for - fares that barely cover operating costs. What combination of fares and service levels do you expect to see, when your cycle shifts to the side of the passenger?
Regulated industries compete on service. Deregulated industries compete on price, which airlines currently show sans checked luggage fees.
As far as I'm concerned, let them test the waters and charge whatever they feel the market will bear. As long as fees (including all bag fees) are prominently shown next to the fare.
I regularly check 2 or 3 bags every trip. At least 50 pounds each, and next week they'll be 70 pounds each. At least they'll be going to the US, so will be allowed 2x70 in FC. I'll pony up $150 for the 3rd one. For people travelling for business, it's not like we have much of a choice in some of the things we have to bring.
insanity, greed, misplaced revenue accrual.