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Old 05-22-2008, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
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Hey. The Airlines are all a mess. I don't see how most of them stay in business. I am flying AA in July on my return from JFK. The AA article said

"The first-bag fee will be charged to everyone except people who belong to elite levels of its frequent flyer program, those who bought full-fare tickets, and those traveling overseas."

AA offered the best fare by far for my Atlantic crossing. Presumably the fee will not apply to me.

I suppose the airlines are still banking on the domestic business traveler who will pay many times what I pay for the same flight. But that gravy train has got to stop.
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Vegas Baby
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I let out a groan this morning when I heard the news on GMA!!! uuggghh I never fly AA, I always fly NW. I REALLY hope the fee doesn't become the norm across the board!!!
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:11 PM
 
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I think you have to realise that they are doing it this way so that theycan get back some of the cost on tickets that were sold before the prices of fuel went up. This gives them a way of modifying charges for increased cost. It also helps i that they charge more for people carrying baggage and not the day tripper that travels more on say business.
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:25 PM
 
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It really comes down to: what's preferable to all of you? A healthier airline industry (with yes, higher prices but the service that you all may be used to), or a faltering industry with lower ticket prices, bare-bones product, and terrible customer satisfaction? That low prices in the face of high fuel costs appears to be most important, so that's what we get.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Grapevine Texas
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I saw today t hat if you print out the baggage rules for the day that you bought your ticket, then they can not assess you current fees when you check in. You get grandfathered in to the rules in effect on the day you bought your ticket. that is if you can prove it.
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Norcross GA
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It's only business and they have to stay afloat! To anyone that owns a business you know u do what you have to in tough times right? So I cannot get mad at the airlines.
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