29 Responses

  1. Boston
    Boston at |

    But this depends on United’s agents who aren’t robots. Don’t you think sometimes they will just quikcly gate check the bag to try to get the flight out. But agree is a #RaceForTheBottom type move.

  2. NB
    NB at |

    Having the fine is an essential part of the aim to a) de-clutter the cabin and b) differentiate the product. Other airlines do the same and it works for them, so why not for UA? After all, if paying the fine isn’t practical in the time-frame, then just bump them off the flight and waitlist them for the next flight.

  3. Eddie Lee
    Eddie Lee at |

    That trend is spreading. I was ‘pleasantly’ surprised (NOT) when I was told Star Gold benefits didn’t apply on the checked bag on my LH flight.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      No *G free checked bag on HBO fares in Europe has been a thing for a while now. I think maybe early 2015 that started. I’m looking at a HBO fare on SN in a couple weeks and need to keep my carry-on below 12Kg to make that work.

    2. Christopher Spitler
      Christopher Spitler at |

      you still get *G bennies on SK though from what i’ve read, since i got the no checked luggage fare (so i hope)

  4. Shaun
    Shaun at |

    Do we know how the GA will know it’s a basic economy fare? I’m guessing when they scan the boarding pass it will somehow alert the GA?

    I think UA is smart to have these fares, but I do not envy the gate agents during the first few months of implementation. I can just imagine the altercations between uninformed basic econ passengers and gate agents. I hope UA uses 50-font on their website when passengers buy & check in for these fares.

  5. David Conklin
    David Conklin at |

    I’m confident there will be a few surprised travelers. UA boarding is likely to become even more chaotic than it already is.

    1. Susan Conklin
      Susan Conklin at |

      Agreed. People buying these fares are probably the last boarding group anyway that never got overhead space for their rollaboards and had to check them since overhead bins were already full. Now they’ll just be making them pay to check them.

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  7. Benjamin Black Perley
    Benjamin Black Perley at |

    This would all be fine with me if the bag fees displayed in the gds

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      NDC is coming, for good and ill.

  8. Joelfreak
    Joelfreak at |

    What happens if you get a seat with an entertainment box under it, so the personal item can’t fit? Now it’s checked… Is that free?

  9. Ivan Acosta
    Ivan Acosta at |

    I don’t feel sorry for those who try to cheat, but there are so many travelers who are simply unaware of these new policies.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      I really do not believe that’s true, at least with the airlines selling the Basic Economy products today (UA is not yet). Even the OTAs are warning passengers of the limits with Delta’s basic fares now.

      Passengers who have no clue by the time they get to the gate are getting to that point by clicking past numerous warnings. At some point we have to expect that people will take responsibility for their own actions.

    2. Ivan Acosta
      Ivan Acosta at |

      Seth I guess you’re right about that. I personally haven’t booked those fares but when booking through 3rd party sites, luggage isn’t always up to date.

    3. David Feldman
      David Feldman at |

      Seth is that always the case when booking ‘other’ than at delta.com?

      Delta’s website for direct bookings makes it crystal clear – and I applaud them for that.

    4. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      David: There were problems in the past where OTAs did not call the fares out sufficiently. They’ve gotten much better about it of late. Here’s what Expedia shows now if I pick a DL Basic Economy fare.

    5. David Feldman
      David Feldman at |

      Seth yeah that’s pretty decent.

  10. Benjamin Black Perley
    Benjamin Black Perley at |

    I’d prefer DOT just force all carriers to display quotes with 1 bag. They can discount from that when you actually purchase.

  11. Marty R. Paz
    Marty R. Paz at |

    Spirit’s convenience fee is $100 which makes $25 not sound so bad.

    1. Derek Meyer
      Derek Meyer at |

      Delta’s convenience fee is, conveniently, $0. ?

  12. Allan Dall
    Allan Dall at |

    Anything that addresses the current ridiculous state of hand luggage on US aircraft is a good thing in my opinion. The challenge will be when a third party (parent, relative or significant other) does the bookings and doesn’t convey the restriction to other travellers.

    Hopefully they have a warning added to the kiosk / app during the checkin process also which allows them to buy and check in the luggage at that time also.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      I know that Spirit includes such warnings pretty aggressively in their check-in process. I am willing to bet that UA will do the same.

  13. Stephanie Abba
    Stephanie Abba at |

    This is overhead-bin carry-on only? Not under-the-seat carry-on?

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Correct. The new “basic economy” fares will allow an under-seat item but not a typical 22″ bag in the overhead.

    2. Stephanie Abba
      Stephanie Abba at |

      (For now….) 😉

    3. Garrett Hartsuyker
      Garrett Hartsuyker at |

      SWA was brilliant in that they increased the ticket price but stated, “Bags Fly Free”…dang, they are great at marketing!