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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Travel' started by uggboy, Jun 3, 2013.
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|| The Latest Thing In Airline Fees: United's Annual Baggage Subscription ||
Yup, I saw this and was hoping I was hallucinating, guess not..
We knew it was coming. I'm betting this will carry over to other airlines.
The United Mileage Plus Club card is $399/year, and $100 rebate after your first purchase. It provides you with priority boarding, you can get 2 free checked bags, and access to United Clubs. If you are thinking about a baggage subscription, the United Mileage Plus Club card is a better deal. And you also get 2 miles per dollar spent.
The only "free " service left is the lavatory. Eventually, you'll need to swipe you credit card just to get in...
If you're going to fly enough to make this worthwhile... that's at least 14 one-way trips at $25 (regular price) for your first checked bag. Since you need 30 segments or 25k miles to qualify for United Silver status and get one free checked bag, I guess it's not that bad a deal. On the other hand, it seems like if you knew you were confining your travel to United you'd be much better off with their credit card. Interesting concept, but it seems like this would be a bit of a fine line to actually make it useful for the consumer. I guess if you knew you were switching all travel to United and expected to qualify for Silver during the year this would be a slightly cheaper way to get the checked bag than paying each time.
Still seems as though this probably appeals most to people who don't own calculators.