US Airways raising baggage fees and probably consumer hostility

August 29, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Any one remember those bygone years when flying used to be almost glamorous?  Now it’s gotten to the point where one just tries to endure the security lines and the no smiles, no frills flying experience and hope for the best to get to one’s destination on time. And the airlines wonder why business is so bad?  It’s not just the economy folks.

Anyway as part of the airline belt tightening trend (they tighten, we choke,) US Airways is bumping up its first and second checked bag fees by $5 apiece. It’s $5 cheaper if you do the check in online but your going to pay more either way, starting today for all flights leaving on or after Oct. 7.

US Airways and Continental are also matching a $50 second checked bag fee on its trans-Atlantic flights, a charge recently introduced by American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Chart below shows all the new US Airways fees.

The carriers will exempt top-tier frequent fliers, first-class passengers, and active-duty military personnel from the fees.

Airlines cite volatile fuel costs and and falling demand due to the recession for these increasing fees but I think they may be overlooking the likely consumer backlash.

Chart: Via US AIrways


4 Responses to “US Airways raising baggage fees and probably consumer hostility”

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 29th, 2009 11:33 pm

    Hey, I remember when you could actually get food and water on a cross-country flight. Now I refuse to fly unless I absolutely must, for business. Anything else, I drive, go by train, or stay home. Screw the airlines; they damn sure screw me every time I have to fly.

  2. Christine Standing on August 30th, 2009 5:59 am

    Airline greed has cooked the goose who laid the golden egg. Indeed, they have killed us off. I no longer fly at all. The reason is that I have ‘aerotoxic syndrome’, a condition that was first mentioned in academic papers in 1977. The airlines still say that it doesn’t exist despite numerous studies that say to the contrary. (see the Aerotoxic Association website for details)

    As for baggage fees – my husband was a pilot and witnessed how baggage gets thrown around – one case landed on the tarmac and burst open. He kindly gathered the belongings and put them back in the case – not that that was his job. He just couldn’t stand the cynicism at his airline.

  3. BILL HAZLEWOOD on August 31st, 2009 8:47 am

    Big Daddy

    I spent in excess of $300,000.00 training my son to fly and he is now captain on US Airways. For my efforts I received a few free rides from the airlines which is now taken away….. in addition to loosing my free ride, now I must pay for fare plus luggage. Listen folk, parents are not going to spend the money to train their children to fly for the airlines and then get treated like this and then have pilots take a great pay cut. In the future the airlines will have spend the money for training and very few will ever make it to the airlines. Cost will increase and quality will go down and airlines will be second class travel.

  4. Ross Fenton on August 31st, 2009 10:37 am

    You may not like that you have to pay to check your bags, but it makes sense. The airlines are losing money in general. Businesses cannot continually operate at a loss. They are just looking for new revenue streams. Charging for bags is a good idea. Checking bags actually costs the airlines more money. Not only do the bags have to be handled, but the added weight of each bag increases the fuel useage. Airlines spend something like 35-40% of there operating budget on fuel.

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