United announced today that effective for domestic tickets purchased on or after 9/16/08, for travel on or after 11/11/08, a second piece of checked luggage will cost you $50. This doubles the current surcharge. The usual exemptions apply. Read more here .
Don't wish to put anyone off from using this airline but if you do decide to fly with them, I would suggest you pay by credit card.
Over here bets are being taken for the next Airline to go bust....odds for British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France & Lufthansa are all at 100/1 but the odds for United Airlines are as low as 20/1
Whilst it is very unlikely that they will be the next airline to go bust they are doing themselves no favours by this 2nd checked bag fee. It might put off more passengers from using this airline in favour of an airline without such a high extra charge.
I will be looking for an internal flight a bit later this year as I have a cruise planned & this extra charge makes me less likely to use United. The money saved could pay for my taxi fares.
Excess carry-ons are my major pet peeve when it comes to flying. I had four hours before my flight from Philadelphia about a week ago, and watched as pax maneuvered luggage on and off the planes. A couple of pax had so much they had to find a cart to transport it all.
I can't take credit for this next idea...I read it on CNN, I think...yet, it's one that might work. Allow checked bags to ride for free (up to a reasonable weight limit) and charge for carry-ons. That should clear up some overhead space!
Yes indeed, on Delta a second bag that is both overweight and oversized can cost you $315 in fees when they get done. $50 for it being the 2nd bag, $90 for being overweight on Delta (51-70 lbs) for domestic flights, and $175 for being oversized. On United it is $50, $125, and $125 respectively for $300. Delta Excess Baggage FeesUnited Excess Baggage Fees
I wouldn't need 2 bags if the airlines wouldn't lose people's luggage. I pack in a way that if either suitcase would get lost then I would have enough clothes for the week. I know there is a possibility of them losing both bags but I don't usually think that's the case. Anyways maybe people wouldn't need to bring all the carry-ons & 2nd suitcases if the airlines would be more careful.