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Re: paying to check 2nd bag [Re: BoomerGal] #421025 05/24/08 02:00 PM
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American Airlines is going to charge $25 for the first check bag too.



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Re: paying to check 2nd bag [Re: Sharon - Wealth Editor] #421027 05/24/08 02:28 PM
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The airlines are being hit extremely hard with the cost of fuel. You could say that they need to develop more efficient planes, but all that takes time, money, and engineering. In the meantime, they need to deal with the state of the economy as it is.

Many people are business travelers, and tend to take essentials only - they need to travel as lightly as possible. On the other hand, families going on vacation do, as Jase has said, bring along everything except the kitchen sink. If the airlines spread the cost by increasing the cost of tickets, it penalizes those traveling lightly. Many business travelers are already paying increased prices for "Business Class" seats. It seems fair to charge for each bag, and to begin limiting the size and weight of carry-ons.

The heavier the plane, the greater the amount of fuel necessary to reach the appointed destination. Just consider it a way of "forcing" people to be environmentally aware of how much they are taking from the earth by their materialistic dependence on their "stuff."

If you really think about what you "need", you may find that you have less hassle upon arrival as well. Trips should be a bit of an adventure anyhow, and your children will learn that sometimes "less is more."


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Re: paying to check 2nd bag [Re: Sharon - Wealth Editor] #421030 05/24/08 02:46 PM
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Oh, I had heard $15 for the first bag. I'm going to check on the size retrictions for carry on bags. I'm flying on Delta to Fort Lauderdale in June. I am going to bring 1 check-in as well. I am hoping to not need the check in on the way back home. I'm planning on loading up the check-in bag with things to leave at my fiance's home. LOL

Re: paying to check 2nd bag [Re: Jeanne - African Culture] #421231 05/25/08 10:37 PM
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One way to lighten your luggage load: ship some of your clothes and gear ahead of time to your destination via UPS or other such services. Many hotels or condos will store your items for a few days prior to your arrival. Of course, be sure this is okay with your destination hotel and consider if the charges for shipping --and maybe storage--are less than the cost of paying for that first or second checked piece of luggage.
Older travelers and families with young children have found that shipping items ahead, even if it costs a bit more than checking the luggage, makes it much easier to travel.

Families with young kids, can ask the resort to stock their room with diapers and other needed items. Sometimes the only fee is for the products.

What strategies work for you?

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Re: paying to check 2nd bag [Re: Candyce - Adventure Living] #422122 05/29/08 04:07 PM
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I am still angry about the extra fees for checking bags. airlines should figure out a beter way to handle this than always charging the consumer.
Flying somewhere is no longer a luxury. It's a necessity and not just for business travelers. Many individuals and families imply don't have the time to drive to places.
What fuels my anger --pun intended--is that I feel helpless. I have no recourse. For many destinations, there simply is no other option for me than an airplane.
Any suggestions?

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Re: paying to check 2nd bag [Re: Candyce - Adventure Living] #429146 06/22/08 07:31 PM
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I just came back from South Africa and Namibia--wonderful trip--but South African Airlines was very strict about carry-ons and the weight of checked luggage.

Just one carry-on was allowed and it was tough. I had to cram my laptop, two cameras, three lenses and all my batteries into a carry-on as well as my personal items for a 17-hour flight.
I found my expanding carry-on bag to be essential. Glad I brought it along.
What tips have you found useful?
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Re: paying to check 2nd bag [Re: Candyce - Adventure Living] #429160 06/22/08 08:17 PM
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Didnt Naomi Campbell just get arrested/charged for assaulting verbally a stewardess over her lost hand luggage at Heathrow Airport in London?

Luggage Rage lol!

My tip is to get the biggest laptop bag that will squeeze through the gauge and then put all the other in-flight essentials/valuables in too!





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That's a good tip. I did that and SAA check-in people said that my carry-on bag was too heavy. I protested and protested. The magic word was "laptop." As soon as I said I had a computer in it, they let me go through.

I am all for increased security, but I don't think the one bag has much to do with this. I think it's a way to lighten loads, save on fuel and charge consumers for luggage that formerly was free.
It takes much patience to fly now.

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Re: paying to check 2nd bag [Re: Candyce - Adventure Living] #430903 06/28/08 03:04 AM
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We're going to be flying later this summer. Flying was at one time enjoyable but not anymore. Having to get to the airport early, having to go through the various stages of security, now the baggage issues, it is an ordeal. Plus that, the food is awful even on longer flights and service is scant.

I think I read somewhere that 900 pilots were being let go on one of the airlines. Gad Zeus, the flights are so overcrowded now but the cost of flying is so high, what can the airlines do? A friend just returned from Europe and they were in a queue of 42 planes. Idling is a waste of fuel also.

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The rules for checked baggage seem to be constantly changing.
In today's travel section in the Washington Post (check it out online) there is a handy chart about airline checked luggage fees and charges.

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