Continental also recently doubled their overweight fee (over 50lbs, less than 70lbs) --from $25 to $50.. got hit with that one twice checking in for a recent trip.. â€“was given the â€œincrease in fuel costsâ€ as reasoning/justification.. definitely going to have to get more â€œcreativeâ€ in packing for future trips..
Nothing has changed for United Mileage Plus passengers. Sign up online, it's free. I think Continental still allows 70# for bags if they are registered in their frequent flier program. Not sure how long these "exceptions" will be around but in the meantime, sign up.
Note: The new charges won't take effect until May 5th.
If you are a 'preferred' or 'frequent' customer, they may charge you less than $50.
Check with your airline...
The new luggage fees don't take effect until May 5 on both airlines. US Air's new fees will apply to all tickets purchased as of Tuesday (United's fees were added starting Feb. 4). About 8 percent of US Airways passengers check in more than one bag, Wunder said.
I travelled from London Heathrow to Joberg with Virgin (Prem Econ) and then SAA (Econ) to/from Durban.
The Virgin check in staff at Heathrow just asked me how heavy my kite/board bag was and I replied under 28kgs and they said no probs, pop it over there. My checked luggage was 23kgs.
SAA at Joberg were a little harder, they identified the kite bag as being overweight, but the check in staff were super friendly and did not charge. On the way back from Durban I was charged 30kgs excess for the kite gear bag to Joberg â€“ still only R450 or GBP30. Again the Virgin check in staff at Joberg were superb and said no need to weigh the kitegear bag and asked me to move it onto the conveyor.
Virgin is a kiterâ€™s friend!!!
The waves in Durban are awesome â€“ a solid 6-8ft â€“ there were even guys out tow in surfing!!! Great kiting, great place, great hospitality courtesy of Bruce Crystal @ Ocean2Air
RickI wrote:Nothing has changed for United Mileage Plus passengers. Sign up online, it's free. I think Continental still allows 70# for bags if they are registered in their frequent flier program. Not sure how long these "exceptions" will be around but in the meantime, sign up.
The Frequent Flyer Programs are definitely the way to go for money saving "perks.." --especially with these increasing baggage fees ..but most require reaching certain "status" levels to reap benefits.. i.e. Continental does allow OnePass (FF) members up to 70lbs free for checked bags but must be at least "Silver Elite" (25000 miles or 30 segments within one year)..