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Monday, April 19, 2010

Have you booked a flight lately? Even if you haven't--as I did yesterday--you've no doubt heard all the baggage hoopla. Apparently, if you need a toothbrush when you travel, you must pay to check it.

Okay, not a toothbrush, really, but any checked bag. The flight I booked yesterday? $40.00 per bag. Not a big deal for the lone traveler, but for the whole family? $200.00. And yes, I used a calculator.

No big deal, I think. We'll carry our bags to the gate. But then I see that gate-checked bags have the same fee. No worries. We'll use carry-on bags. Only official carry-on size is 2 by 3 inches and we'd need 40 bags to clothe our family of 5 for a week. We're sunk. One airline has even begun charging for carry-ons. What's next? "You have contact lenses, lady? That'll be an extra $10.00. Each." Here's a message to airlines everywhere: JUST RAISE THE STINKING TICKET PRICES.

Not only are we being nickled and dimed in the baggage department, but we're also being charged to reserve seats in advance--between $10.00 and $14.00 per seat per leg of trip. That's a minimum of $50.00 for us, each leg. (Leg of flight that is, not our legs, which they won't charge for until next January.) So we'll have to take our chances with the seating. And hey, if you end up by my 11-year-old, I'm sorry about all the questions. Tried to get us together, but hey, what can I do? You should've paid for a premium seat.

So we may not sit together and we may be lugging around 10 carry-ons, but I'm still making room for a baggie of quarters. After all, we may need to use the restroom in flight.

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Denise Hunter  
posted at 6:21 AM  
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At 7:21 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I love this concept though. You take a flight somewhere, but luggage is extra. How do they get away with this? It's happening everywhere too. Like they have 3-D movies, but the glasses are $3.

THe Coke is free, but the glass costs you $4

At 7:39 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I say we make it easy. The big issue is that it costs more money to carry more weight on a plane, so the airlines should just weigh each passenger with all baggage and charge accordingly.

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

As a lifelong thin person, I HATE the idea of weight coming into a flight. Big people have enough humiliation with flying. To me, it's like saying a black person has to sit at the back of a bus.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Kaye Dacus said...

Five airlines (American, Delta, US Air, United, and Jet Blue) came out yesterday and said they aren't (are NOT) going to charge for carry-on baggage:

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

if they start charging by weight I'll quit flying by plane and grow wings.

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Kaye, YEAH for your post!!! since I'm a carryon girl because I like to pack light, that makes me smile :)

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Julie Jarnagin said...

I learned that you don't have to pay for strollers and car seats...after I had already paid for them, and they wouldn't refund my money. Live and learn.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Good comments everyone.

Kaye, I pack lightly too, and carry on is no problem for me personally. Liquids are a problem though when you're traveling with a whole family. Consider it's cheaper to buy the shampoo/hairspray/deodorant when you arrive and toss the extra before you fly home. :-/

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I think Southwest also doesn't charge for luggage, but I could be wrong...?

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

So agree with you, Denise. It aggravates me to no end. And I pack really tight to carry on the bag. Are you flying Spirit? Eric just told me yesterday they were charging for all bags even carry-ons. Ridiculous!

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

What airline charges that much, D? The usual checked luggage price is $25. That's each way though. :-( What we did for our St Croix trip is figured out the least number of checked bags we could get by with and put the others in carry on. Maybe you could get by with 2 checked bags for the family then everyone take a carry on? Not sure where you're going though.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

It was Allegiant, C. The small print said they would charge btwn 15-35 for checked bags in advance, but when I bought the tickets, it charged $40.00. I'll take my chances at check-in, I think. And yes, we'll carry on as much as we can.

You're right about Southwest, Cheryl. We have to drive 2 1/2 hours to get to them though.

At 6:04 PM, Blogger jel said...

I'm glad I don't fly.

have any one ever use them bags that sucks all the air out of
them and ends up looking like a flat pancake?

if it worked ya wouldn't have to have so much baggage, just a thought! ;)

At 11:04 PM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Not only do you have to worry about the cost of bags, but what if you have a medical condition and must carry on medical equipment such as a CPAP machine or diabetic supplies? Man! The hassles make you think twice about flying!!

I am a diabetic. I use an insulin pump...they want to remove it and run it through the x-ray machine!! I don't think so! And then I have to carry all the supplies for my pump, several vials of insulin (with the proper prescription label for each one), meter for measuring blood glucose, lancets (sharps) to prick my finger for said measuring, and syringes. Depending on how long I'm to be gone, it could be TWO carry-on bags just for my daily medications and my diabetic supplies! And if an inspector decides to give me a hard time about "sharp weapons" and bumps me off the plane, I can protest but it could take days or weeks before I would be allowed to fly. What a mess!!

I think I'll walk.

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Beverly said...


I know that in reality, I WOULD want my daughters sitting by me. Really I would! But the thought of a stranger sitting by daughter and trying to figure out her thought processes and questions --- that just makes me laugh. And with some imagination, I can envision enjoying the quiet while the poor soul lives in my world for a couple of hours. :-)

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

That's a great idea, Jel.

And Ruthie, I have to give myself daily injections of a hormone, so yikes. That may be a travel nightmare.

That was my thought too, Beverly! Someone else can wonder with my 11 yr old how fast the plane is going and how high it's flying at any given moment throughout the flight.


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