Travel American Airlines to start charging for FIRST CHECKED BAG!!!

redney

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Ya know I don't quite understand why they're doing this.

The airlines could reasonably argue that fuel costs, employee costs, etc make flying more expensive than in years past - and that's probably true. But why can't they just adjust their fares slightly to incorporate these "extra" costs and eliminate these extra out-of-pocket expenses for their customers, especially when it's becoming harder to carry on luggage with all of the liquid/gel restrictions and more people have to check a bag anyway?

For example, airport fees and taxes are added into the cost of every airline ticket, so why not just incorporate another fee - seamlessly? Yes, passengers could argue that not everyone checks in luggage, but there would be far fewer and it sure would save the PR backlash the airlines would receive.
 

bagnshoofetish

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Ya know I don't quite understand why they're doing this.

The airlines could reasonably argue that fuel costs, employee costs, etc make flying more expensive than in years past - and that's probably true. But why can't they just adjust their fares slightly to incorporate these "extra" costs and eliminate these extra out-of-pocket expenses for their customers, especially when it's becoming harder to carry on luggage with all of the liquid/gel restrictions and more people have to check a bag anyway?

For example, airport fees and taxes are added into the cost of every airline ticket, so why not just incorporate another fee - seamlessly? Yes, passengers could argue that not everyone checks in luggage, but there would be far fewer and it sure would save the PR backlash the airlines would receive.

I agree. Although I guess they'd get just as much flack for increasing airfares or taxes anyway. But yeah, making it an additional fee for luggage just sounds bad.:yes:
 

MissTiss

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I think Spirit charges for the first bag, but I don't care because they are cheap. I once flew to Atlanta for 36 bucks! Hell, it cost me more to park at the airport than it did to fly up there.

If all the airlines start doing this though, it's going to suck. I am terrible at packing light.
 
Jan 20, 2006
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Everyone who realized they didn't need their big rollaboard in the cabin (along with their tote) will bring it on, one that they would have otherwise checked. All that will do is delay flights while frantically trying find space, then to check bags last minute at the gate when the 150-200 suitcases are wheeled on and don't fit.

There is a stockholder's meeting today with AA, so they may be trying to look good for that by making this announcement on the same day. There's a good chance it may not stick since it's just a testing period right now and coupled with their announcement of reducing 12% of their schedule in the 4th quarter, and parking about 100 aircraft due to oil prices and layoffs by then, they have to come up with something. Considering the low fares due to deregulation and cropping up of all these startups who charge practically nothing then don't make it, the majors who had some "frills" make more money on air cargo and mail than they do from passenger tickets (although they still need them) so the hit is the cargo hold.

I do agree they should just add $$ to the ticket since fares change all the time, but the first point of contact of a customer is comparing prices from here to there. Unless every airline does the same thing, they'll just go with the "cheaper" alternative so that area has to be competitive. Any taxes or airport fees are not pocketed by the airline, btw so that can't cushion their costs. It is a really bad time right now so there'll be tests on what to charge for and what not that was free before oil prices went from 30.00 to 130.00 a barrel. An airline tested charging for sodas, but that didn't pass and I know some charge for pillows and blankets. I never thought I'd see the day we would have to pay for food on the plane or some don't even have food at all, but it's normal now.
 
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Fuel costs are estimated to be 3 billion more this year than last year, and most of this is due to the deregulation of domestic travel so international destinations (other than US territories and canada) are exempt.

These are the exceptions to the policy:

The following customers will not be charged a service fee to check a bag provided the bag is within the weight allowance:
  • For the first checked bag, customers who buy a ticket before June 15, 2008, or who fly before June 15, 2008
  • For the second checked bag, customers who purchased a ticket before May 12, 2008
  • Customers traveling on an international itinerary to destinations beyond the U.S., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or Canada
  • Customers who purchase full-fare tickets in Economy Class
  • Customers who purchase Business or First Class tickets
  • Customers flying on AA codeshare flights not operated by American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection®
  • Customers traveling on government or military fares
  • Military passengers on active duty
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum® or AAdvantage Gold® members
  • oneworld Alliance Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby members
  • Customers flying on the same reservation as an AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum or AAdvantage Gold member or oneworld Alliance Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby member regardless of frequent flier status or fare type (not applicable to group bookings)
  • AAnytime® Economy Class AAdvantage award tickets, MileSAAver(SM) or AAnytime First and Business Class AAdvantage award tickets
  • First and Business Class upgrades confirmed prior to check in
  • AAirpass travel
 

lelgin

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This is crazy. I never check luggage, and it's always a struggle to find open bins for my carry ons. Now everyone is going to be bringing a carry on. Am I going to have to pull $15 out of my pocket if they decide they have to check my luggage? They should just implement weight limitations and allow for free check in below a certain weight.
 
Jan 20, 2006
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That's just it. I don't know how they can retrieve funds for bags checked at the gate. My guess is there will several, and usually the crew or passengers runs up last minute with them so the agent can put a tag on them. How will they determine which bags are 15.00 vs 25.00 (unless they look at their reservation which takes time) and who they belong to, when/how will they be charged when there's a minute to shut the aircraft door. The domino effect alone, on charging for the first bag, should cause it to fail. If anything, there should be an incentive not to bring an unnecessary suitcase into the passenger cabin.
 
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