New legislation to limit airline bag fees - 1st Bag FREE

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  1. Delta Points
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  2. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Or fares go up for everyone, whether you check bags or not.
     
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    Wow, the government dictating fees...other fees or fares will just go up then...good grief!
     
  4. MalcoveMagnesia
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    It's definitely a politically popular move, but there's no way this will make it out of Congress as a law. Plenty of Airline lobbyists will see to that.

    The thing I'd like to see Congress or the DOT tackle are the crazy new YQ surcharges (which I think are designed to mask revenue from paying taxes on the whole ticket amount). The delight of seeing a fare of $200-$300 for an International flight turns to despair when the fees on top of the base fare can double or triple the bottom line all-in cost.
     
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    Goverment should stay out of this. :mad: We can vote with our dollars and pick our airlines. Besides us Elite types :p don't pay baggage fees but might get stuck with higher fares. :(
     
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    Agreed.

    That said, the unbundling of previously included services/products like luggage fees reduces the tax basis as well.
     
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    If fares go up because bag fees are outlawed, then clearly the solution is to pass legislation limiting what fares the airlines can charge. Heck, we should just pass a law now that says air travel must be free.
     
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    As long as the minimum all-in cost is clearly communicated and fees like bag fees are well-known in advance, I don't have an issue.
     
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    I agree. The airlines are not going to give back this revenue stream without compensating elsewhere. As long as the fees are clearly stated I can make a choice on where I spend my money. If I want to avoid fees I can keep my elite status or choose another airline.
     
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    I think that it is key that the fees are fully disclosed, easily discoverable, and well-known up front. Smart government regulation would just require this (as the FAA already does to some extent) and nothing more instead of regulating what the airline can charge for.
     
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    One thing for sure, the airlines WILL NOT MAKE LESS money as a result of this. I can see it now, an OLCI fee......off course it will be less than the fee at a ticket counter....
     
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    Correction: Bonus Pesos.
    :)
     
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  16. MLW20
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    Exactly! I've had the biz & personal.
    The biz card also got me the $25 Small Biz Saturday Amex credit today!
     
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    I don't know how such a law would be legal since de-regulation. Im sure the appeal process by the airlines would have this law ruled unconstitutional. Any ideas?
     
  18. mattsteg
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    Well, assuming regulation was constitutional in the first place, (additional) regulation now would not be any less so. I am not a lawyer, but I would not anticipate any constitutionality issues. Aviation, even "deregulated" remains one of the most highly regulated industries - which is in many ways a positive (think safety). The federal government pretty clearly has the right to regulate airlines under our system of government.
     
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    YQ aren't subject to excise tax, IIRC
     
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    Must have missed something in my reading of seminal government documents, as I was unaware of this fundamental right that has been violated the past few years. If legislators flew on Spirit, we might all inherit and enforce many additional rights ;)
     
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    There are other benefits. All DL flyers should carry the AX card, IMO.
     
  22. Jett Rink
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    Unfortunately, the bonus miles are going away. :(
     
  23. MLW20
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    What do you mean? There are always offers to signup for the Amex Delta which earns you a certain amount of miles for spending a specified amount... You also earn miles for using the card and can get extra miles for booking tix with said card...
     
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    Threshold spending bonuses is what Jett Rink was talkin' about. :)
     
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    They're going away? I hit both of mine this year.

    edit: fortunately and unfortunately
     

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