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Old 02-26-2009, 04:20 PM
 
Location: NC
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Yesterday my brother flew from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Washington DC (IAD) via United Airlines. His bag was 6 pounds over the permitted weight limit (beyond 50 lbs.) and they charged him $125. The total cost of the ticket was $126.00 round trip (minus taxes)! Wow!
I understand a fee of $25, $35, even $45 but $125 is simply Crazy!
How do they justify a $125 charge? Has anyone else had this prob.? Is there anything he can do to get back some of that money?
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Unless he can prove the scales were wrong, or he falls into the Mileage Plus category for 70 lb limits I think he is probably stuck. When you buy a ticket, you are agreeing to their terms, no matter how outrageous.

http://www.united.com/page/article/0...tml#overweight
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Yesterday my brother flew from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Washington DC (IAD) via United Airlines. His bag was 6 pounds over the permitted weight limit (beyond 50 lbs.) and they charged him $125. The total cost of the ticket was $126.00 round trip (minus taxes)! Wow!
I understand a fee of $25, $35, even $45 but $125 is simply Crazy!
How do they justify a $125 charge? Has anyone else had this prob.? Is there anything he can do to get back some of that money?
If 50 pounds is UA's rule, then that is the rule. By purchasing a ticket he agreed to the terms of United. 50 pounds is a ton of weight anyhow. He could have easily broken that up into two bags and saved himself the cost. Nonetheless, there is nothing he can do and he gets no money back.

It is sort of like getting two meals, but you barely nibble the second meal and then you want your money back. They will still make you pay for that second meal. Sorry, UA has to set a limit somwhere and 6 pounds over is exactly that: OVER the limit.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Scranton, Pa
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The second bag fee is ridiculous, I would never use them. I fly southwest, first 2 bags are free.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: SW France
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Why not weigh the bag and the passenger together?
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