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Old 05-04-2012, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Is there a charge if you check it? If not, the answer is REAL easy ...
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Is there a charge if you check it? If not, the answer is REAL easy ...
Yes, they charge plenty for check bags too. More than any other airline.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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Fly somewhere else then. For the people that don't have to complain about everything and bring a million things, we're enjoying the benefits for having round trip flights across the country for under $75.
Yes, for the much cheaper fares, I would definitely agree with this policy.

For those who want to bring a zillion clothes and stuffed suitcases, they should find other airlines. Or travel by bus because they don't have these limits.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I'll take the train before catering to this bull****.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Bags have weight, just like passengers do. Weight affects the aircraft's ability to get off the ground, fly smoothly and fuel mileage. There is a finite limit to how much weight an aircraft can carry and it matters not whether that's passenger weight, baggage weight, freight weight, fuel weight or stones stuck in the tire tread. It's just a fact of life for flying. And, weight affects profitability. If the airlines can't profitably service that route, they won't do it. It's a business, not a charity.

The point is that they have a perfect right to charge for any weight a passenger brings on board, including his baggage (and some people travel REAL heavy). It matters not whether you pay for that as a separate charge or if it's included in the ticket price. You're going to pay for that bag, one way or the other.

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Old 05-05-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I'll take the train before catering to this bull****.

Your train ticket will still cost more money than paying the bag fees and you'll spend an extra two days on the train. Do you expect us to care what you do? I just think it's dumb.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Your train ticket will still cost more money than paying the bag fees and you'll spend an extra two days on the train. Do you expect us to care what you do? I just think it's dumb.
Why??? Is your opinion more important than mine or anyone else's???
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Why??? Is your opinion more important than mine or anyone else's???

You said you wouldn't want to pay a bag fee so you'd take a train. By taking a train you'd spend more time and money.

My opinion isn't any more important.. to each their own I guess
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:31 PM
 
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This is about taxes. Airlines don't pay taxes on the additional fees, and taxes are HUGE in the airline industry. Just the ticket taxes are roughly 20%-30% on an average fare. Lots of money saved for the airline AND passengers by going the a la carte route.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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And after reading all these posts I can't help but wonder why / how Southwest (at this point, anyway) manages to not charge for any bags at all (well, first two check-ins have no charge). They don't contract with ticket websites ~ only their own (I've a hunch Spirit does the same). And while their rates aren't as cheap as others, they still aren't bad, and are often less expensive in the long run with the savings in checkin-in baggage fees. (Plus, they're usually on time.) I imagine they will change something eventually. But unless Spirit pulls off the carry-on fee successfully, I don't see others jumping into that bandwagon too soon ~ not without dropping their basic fares.

I suppose I can see the point for those who don't fly with anything, but packing real light is not my thing, so I'll remain a faithful to SW.

And I do often take the train to California when I have the time to include in the travel.

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