United kicked off round 3 this morning by adding a $50 charge for a 2nd checked bag each way. (They were the first to implement a second bag fee and were deeply embarrassed by being upstaged by AA in adding a first bag fee.)
For those keeping score it will now cost a family of 4 an additional $520 round-trip to each bring 2 suitcases with them.
Did somebody forget to tell these guys that oil is under $100 now???
United and Star Alliance elite members and all of their travel companions continue to get 2 free checked bags.
(Pretty soon I’ll be able to rent myself out just so that families can check in 2 free bags each-it pays to be elite on every alliance!)
The fee applies to tickets bought starting tomorrow, 09/16, for travel on or after 11/10.
I’m sure it won’t be long before the other sheep follow and United will be able to up the ante on the first checked bag.
The real question is how long can Southwest continue to give 2 free bags and free flight changes and cancellations. I’m sure that the drive out to Islip is no longer looking too shabby for many NY’ers…