This is bad news for my mom who packs several Molly Brown size steamer trunk suitcases for a week in Colorado.
As of May 5th United Airlines will be charging $25 for your second piece of checked baggage. However if you travel more than 25k miles a year you’re exempt from the fee.
Even though “a la carte” pricing can be beneficial in some cases, I see more negatives with this in that carry on only travelers will be slowed at checkpoints by those squeezing more luggage onto planes in order to avoid fees. More carry-ons equals less space for my tiny little messenger bag – all that I need for a weekend jaunt.
Also their “special handling” fee for large or fragile items moves up from $100 to $200.
Rocky Mountain News story.