United is offering a new take on one of its old ideas – an all-you-can-eat charge for bags. This time around, the airline is marketing the fee as a subscription service.
Hear Rick Seaney explain who will benefit from this fee:
What You Pay, What You Get
Here’s what subscribers get:
- Pay $349 – Get 1 free checked-bag within most of the U.S. and Canada every time you fly for a year
- Pay $399 – Get 2 free checked-bags – same as above
- Pay $449 – Get 1 free checked-bag within U.S. including Hawaii and Alaska, plus Canada
- Pay $499 – Get 2 free checked-bags – same as above
- Pay $799 – Get 2 free checked-bags on flights for a year anywhere in the world
Which Passengers can Save
Traveling companions can be added to this deal, as well – pay an extra $100 for one person or pay just $200 for up to eight people. But say you mostly fly solo – is it worth it?
It can be, if you fly at least eight round-trip flights a year in the U.S. and always check a bag. United charges $25 for a first checked-bag each-way (and $35 for a second). What’s with all the fees? Simple. Airlines make billions off them. Yes, billions.
Earlier United Bag Deal was Cheaper
Back in 2009, United introduced Premier Baggage which gave passengers a year’s worth of free bags for just $250, and that included up to eight traveling companions. However, once the United-Continental merger was well underway, the baggage deal with unceremoniously dumped.
Which begs the question: Would you sign up?