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Airlines’ second-bag fee
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Two major airlines, United Airlines and US Airways, have recently announced a new baggage policy that will require consumers traveling in economy class to pay a $25 fee for checking a second bag. Other carriers are expected to follow.
If you purchased a non-refundable, domestic, economy class, airline ticket from United or US Airways, you may be required to pay a $25 fee for your second bag unless you have significant status in the airlines mileage program such as Mileage Plus or Star Alliance. If you are not a member of the mileage program or if you are a general member with few miles, you will have to pay the fee. Business or first class passengers are not affected.
This new policy applies for tickets bought after February 4th (US Airways) or after February 26th (United) for traveling within the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands or Canada on or after May 5, 2008.
All airlines currently allow one free checked bag, one carry-on and a personal item, such as your purse or laptop computer.
To learn more about the recent baggage policy changes visit the following websites:
To avoid paying an extra fee, try packing light. Here are some great tips on how to get started:
Ultimate Guide to Packing Light: 45 Tips to Lighten Your Load
Addicted to Overpacking? Try This 5-Step Program
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