For the most part international flights don't have a luggage fee for at least the first bag, and some allow two "free" bags. I know a few expatriates who live in the UK and France. They are actually turned off by the hassles with TSA, the visa waiver program, and now by the U.S. planning to charge $10 per person to enter the country if they use the visa waiver. The last item is a proposed law to help promote tourism to the U.S. without using federal funds! "Come to the U.S. That'll be $10 each please."
I just booked on SouthWest into FLL for my cruise in Feb 2010 - one of the major price competitors was AA, the deciding factor was baggage fees. SouthWest allows 2 bags per passenger to be checked plus free carryon! This was a no brainer!! For 2 passengers AA would cost $100 more roundtrip!!
By charging per bag passengers will travel lighter, no wonder cruises are becoming less"dressy"and more casual!!
one of the major price competitors was AA, the deciding factor was baggage fees.
But now you are invited to pay $10 in each direction on Southwest for "early bird" seating group assignment. I'm curious to know what seating group and number one will end up with on a popular flight, if they check in exactly 24 hours prior to flight time without having done the early bird thing.
Sandy - I'm traveling with my 93 yr old mother who requires a wheelchair. We will get early boarding, before the "early birds" so I'm not too concerned about the fee. We have done SW before and been handled extremely well!!
Every airline lays on additional fees unless you are traveling in first or business class. When you purchase a ticket for coach travel nowadays you have to check the add ons before deciding which airlines is really the best deal!!