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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

United's New Carry-on Baggage Policy Stinks

Above, a United Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

United Airlines was once my favorite U.S. airline, but after my 2014 trip to Japan with them, no longer. That's one reason why I chose Singapore Airlines for last year's Japan trip.

To add to my dislike of the airline, they have been finding all kinds of ways to gouge the traveler. And, here they go again.

According to Travel + Leisure:
Airlines are adding extra fees for many services that used to be included in the price of an airfare, and one senator has had enough. 
United Airlines' upcoming “Basic Economy” fares, announced last month, offer flight service without the use of the overhead bin (and also without pre-assigned seating). Customers who purchase a Basic Economy fare will only be allowed one carry-on item that can fit under the seat in front of them. Larger bags will need to be checked in for a fee. 
Senator Chuck Schumer is urging the airline to drop the policy.
As much as I am not a fan of Sen. Schumer, this is one time I am in agreement with him.

To read more, go here.


Anonymous said...

you do know you are not required to purchase the "base economy" fare right? it an option that is offered not imposed.

Armand Vaquer said...

Of course!

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