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OK, even I can't defend this ...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by bydesign77, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    My former employer, US Airways, is hiking fees for bags:

    http://www.azcentral.com/travel/articles/2011/02/07/20110207us-airways-baggage-fees-rise.html

    As stated in previous threads, I have no problem with bag fees, overweight bag fees, oversize charges, all of that, because I understand the overall problems the airlines face.

    But to think that it's, what's the word, justifiable to charge someone $90 bucks for a 51-pound bag, it has gotten out of hand. And now it's $175 for a 71-pound bag. That's a jump of 80% and 75%. I could see going to $60 and $110 as an increase, but wow, they are going for broke here.

    I have got to think this won't last long, sort of like them charging $2 for an on board drink a few years ago.

    See, even I have a heart :)
     
  2. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    People will complain but will pay it.

    They do it because they know they can.
     
  3. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    The last time I flew it was because I was getting my travel costs reimbursed. The last few years I've driven multiple trips I would have flown before. Granted, I'm not going coast-to-coast or international, but I can't afford to fly to visit family anymore.
     
  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Lufthansa (no bag fee as long as you only check one) dinged me $130 for my one bag that was 6 kilos (14 pounds) overweight.

    That was in addition to their $600 fees ("take it or stay in Russia") mentioned in an earlier thread.

    I'll take a dinghy to Europe before I set foot on one of their planes again.
     
  5. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    I actually fly more nowadays for a number of reasons, but mostly because JetBlue and Southwest take me wherever I need to go, and they do it efficiently. There's also no need to factor in bag fees or other nonsense; the price they quote me up front is what I'm paying.
     
  6. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    I would never pay that. I'd throw out a pair of shoes, or something heavy before paying 100 extra bucks each way.
     
  7. Madhavok

    Madhavok Active Member

    I'll stick with Southwest. They go where I go and the prices are right on par with everyone else and no bag fees.
     
  8. Bag fees don't affect me. The next time I check one will be the first.
     
  9. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    You can't defend this?

    You sound like your Tar Heels.


    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
     
  10. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Thanks to these bag fees and all the other bullshit that comes with flying these days (including the TSA), if I can't get there quickly by car or by train, I ain't going.
     
  11. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    It was just one way. Wife packed a lot of personal items from homeland that she could not take when she first arrived.
     
  12. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    IJAG=Dead. To. Me.
     
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