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Old 07-15-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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I have never checked a bag in my life, even when we went to Europe for 2 weeks. We each had a carry-on. It's not that hard to fit all your belongings in one bag. In fact, you'll find that you actually pack things you need instead of throwing random items that you may or may not use because you have a large suitcase. Something to consider! Here's a great tutorial on how to pack for 10 days in a carry-on.

10 Days in a Carry-On - Slide Show - NYTimes.com
Actually last time I flew overseas with a carry-on, the airline on the way back to the USA forced me to check it in as it was a bit on the heavy side (and this after I told the customer service that the same airline in the USA let me take it on the airplane). Luckily I was not charged being that it was an international flight (outside North America) which usually allows for one free checked in bag/suitcase.
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:35 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Actually last time I flew overseas with a carry-on, the airline on the way back to the USA forced me to check it in as it was a bit on the heavy side (and this after I told the customer service that the same airline in the USA let me take it on the airplane). Luckily I was not charged being that it was an international flight (outside North America) which usually allows for one free checked in bag/suitcase.
I don't pack much, I have plenty of room leftover usually, even in my carry-on. If I can't lift it, then it's too heavy. We went to Mexico recently and I was able to squeeze 7 bikinis into a gallon ziploc, then let the air out. Took up almost no space!
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:12 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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It says here:

Continental Airlines - Checked Baggage Fees

  • Continental Airlines Chase primary cardmembers will have their first checked-bag fees automatically waived
Do you have a Chase bank location near you? Maybe you could open up an account and get a debit card. I'd look into it. That's if if you want a way out of the fee.

Or, just fly with carry-on.
I have a Chase accts: checking,savings, mutual funds, credit cards, but not THE Continental Visa card, which is exclusive. I applied for one at the time that I made the reservation, but approval will take too long for me to use it as credit on the flight. I doubt that I'll fly them again. It's bad enough that you have to go through all of the hassle with TSA and then to be ripped off by all of the airline fees and gov't charges. It takes all of the fun out of flying.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:15 AM
 
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I don't pack much, I have plenty of room leftover usually, even in my carry-on. If I can't lift it, then it's too heavy. We went to Mexico recently and I was able to squeeze 7 bikinis into a gallon ziploc, then let the air out. Took up almost no space!
I was able to lift my bag. I had to take a lot more clothing than usual as the weather was changing so I had to take warm/hot as well cold weather clothing. I still find it strange that on the same airline in different directions the rules were different. But I guess the local supervisor makes the local policies.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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I remember when the baggage fees started and it was all about fuel price increases. Now that all that mellowed just like any government does with taxes, they kept the fee.

Personally I think if you buy a ticket it's a reasonable to allow one bag and a carry on. Docking you for $25 for the bag I think is stupid.

The other thing that is happening is people have gone nuts with the carry ons and I related a story here before about one clown that delayed our flight due to his massive carry ons. I've just gotten sick of all these people lugging these massive bags onboard.

Basically sick of flying so the airlines don't get my money and I drive if at all possible.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:26 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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The only reason they charge for baggage is because it's unethical to charge the ever-widening American based on their body weight. There have been talks, but I doubt people would be willing to step on a scale and pay accordingly. Some of these people are gigantic and can't put the arm rest down, which I personally consider a safety hazard. I doubt this was the issue it is today in 1980!

I constantly hear people say, "OMG, his carry-on is huge and must weigh 70lbs!" But how about, "That passenger is huge and weighs at least 140lbs. more than me!" I think the combined weight of passengers is a bigger issue these days than the weight of carry-ons.

Flame away, I stand by my statements.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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But it is so much easier at the security when you check all liquids, toiletries etc.
but how much crap do you really need? Unless you are in the Peace Corp and going to Africa for a year... ALL of my toiletries fit into my 3-1-1 bag, even the stuff that doesn't need to go in there.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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MAK, I partially agree with you...

What about people who are overweight due to medical conditions or have to carry heavy apparatus (sometimes medical/sometimes not) due to themselves, young children or elderly needs? It is still heavier than the average person, but it is not really fair to overcharge them, what do you think?!

My bags are getting smaller each time companies decide to change their regulations to Lilliputian standards.And I am a light packer.
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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MAK, I partially agree with you...

What about people who are overweight due to medical conditions or have to carry heavy apparatus (sometimes medical/sometimes not) due to themselves, young children or elderly needs? It is still heavier than the average person, but it is not really fair to overcharge them, what do you think?!
My sister travels with a 17 month old and any day now, her second will be born, so two under two. She doesn't check bags. The stroller is gate checked (no fee for that) and each one of them has a carry on, toddler included. Since she buys him his own seat and he's not a lap child, he's entitled to one carry-on, just like any other paying customer. She's traveled extensively with him and hasn't encountered these charges, so it can be done. And as far as medical equipment goes, I don't believe you pay for that, though I could be wrong. I know car seats/strollers are gate checked for free.

As far as the overweight debate, I am more than willing to bet that 90% of the people are overweight due to lifestyle choices, not medical reasons or genetics. I find it hard to believe that all of a sudden now so many kids and adults are giant whereas even in the early 90s this wasn't such a huge (no pun intended) issue. This is a more likely reason for obesity, not genetics.

Food Consumption in America |

I'll say this much, I recently did a genetic test on me because I was curious to see what I can dig up. According to my test results, I have a 67% chance of becoming obese. So, I am genetically predisposed to be fat yet I am nowhere near that due to my lifestyle and diet habits. I actually have the medical proof whereas most who say it's genetics are just saying it without valid proof. They actually said in the results that while it's a high percentage, your lifestyle and diet habits determine your fate in the end, which I thought was really cool since most are so quick to blame genetics.
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:09 PM
 
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You have a point, I understand, I just don't think it is fair to charge extra from people who really have no say regarding their excess weight, whether it is actually in their bodies or not.
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