US Airways to start charging for bags

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Less than a month after United Airlines announced that it would be charging most passengers $25 to check a second bag, US Airways has announced that it would do the same, starting on May 1. US Airways claims that higher fuel costs are partly to blame and said that this new luggage fee will give the airline $100 million in additional revenue. It's a sign that the à-la-carte baggage trend is continuing throughout the major carriers - it's not unreasonable to say that by summer, virtually all of the majors will have adopted this fee.

And speaking of US Airways, the airline has been seeing some labor strife recently. Unions unveiled a 30-foot rat outside of the airline's headquarters, which supposedly symbolizes US Airways management. And CEO Doug Parker said that "our industry is in a mess, if you haven't noticed... we're about to head into what looks like another downturn."


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Anonymous said...

I paid $400 for extra bags on our flight to FLL. and they kept changing our reserved seating. Then US Airways cancelled our flight and finally getting us to FLL at around midnight. Had to buy water, soda and snacks. Our trip ended up costing far more than if we had flown any other airline.

Compared to a similar flight two weeks later on Southwest, they were cheerful, friendly and willing to hand out all the snacks we wanted and Southwest allows two check in bags at no charge! Their fares are great too. Only advice is to print your boarding pass ahead of time so you can choose your best seat.

US Airways, shame on you.