United Airlines checked-bag fees increase beginning March
Are you flying soon with United Airlines? Brace yourself and be prepared to pay an extra fee for your check-in baggage. The airline check-in baggage fees increase by $5 following the similar changes made by JetBlue Airways in January.
Travelers need to pay $35 for their first check-in baggage and $45 for the second. Otherwise, travelers can also prepay for their baggage to avoid paying the higher fee. It is noted that the pricing for check-in baggage will remain at $30 and $40 respectively if the fee is paid any time before online check-in.
The given increased fee policy will take effect for those passengers traveling on March 6 onwards. Those passengers who purchased their tickets before February 21 are all exempted for this new policy.
According to the United Airlines spokeswoman, the changes with the check-in baggage fee covers flights all over the United States and even on short-distance flights heading to the Caribbean or Latin America. The airlines’ decision to increase the fees for the check-in baggage comes after JetBlue Airways made the initial move that takes effect in January. As per the company, such a policy was created to reduced transactions in the airport lobby and to further improve customer service.
It was also seen and expected soon that the other major airline companies will follow the path as JetBlue initiated the idea when it was known as the first airline to increase its fees with the check-in baggage from $25 to $30 in 2018. To date, Southwest Airlines remains to be the only major carrier that still allows free check-in baggage meaning to say, they allow their passengers to check-in their first two bags free of charge.
Besides, United Airlines also released a statement regarding a change in its in-flight snacks. The airline company confirmed that they will be replacing its familiar and the usual Biscoff cookies in favor of Oreo Thins. The Biscoff cookies, a buttered flavor one is being produced by Lotus Bakeries and had been permanently added as a free-in-flight snack option stating in August last year. This year, they haven’t revealed the exact date on when the Oreo Thins will debut and be available on its flights. They stated that their complimentary snack options continue to be a hit and continue to look for better opportunities to introduce new selections. Having said so, the company plan to add Oreo Thins into the mix soon and they are looking forward to a favorable response from their passengers.