United will charge to check a 2d bag
UAL Corp’s United Airlines says it will charge some passengers a fee to check mo ugg re than one bag, a move that may generate $100 million annually as the carrier attempts to offset soaring fuel costs.
The No. 2 US airline is the first major carrier to charge a fee to check a second bag. Some experts have long predicted that carriers would take this step to bolster revenue in an ultra competitive industry. “I think it’s going to happen throughout the industry throughout the year.”
United’s new fee of $25 w ugg ugg ill be charged to customers who purchase nonrefundable domestic economy tickets and do not have status in frequent flyer programs at United or one of its partners in the Star Alliance. The carrier will not charge passengers to check one bag.
Previously, the cost to those customers of checking two bags was included in the fare.
The cost to check items that require special handling large, overweight or fragile items will now be either $100 or $200, depending on the item.
Major airlines, hoping to build on a recovery that began in 2006, have been experimenting with ways to boost revenue by charging for services and items that once wer ugg e free. For example, most carriers now charge for meals that previously had been included in the ticket price.
The trend toward “unbundling” goods and services sold on flights serves to generate additional revenue for the airlines and to reduce costs. Unbundling also helps lower base fares and saves money for customers who do not want to pay for certain items. (Reuters)
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