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|United Airlines Increases the Fee to Check a Second Bag|
CHICAGO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a challenging economic environment where fuel prices continue to be volatile and are more than 50 percent higher than last year, United is increasing the service fee to check a second bag on a domestic flight from $25 to $50 one way. These changes apply to customers who purchase a ticket on or after Sept. 16, 2008, for travel within the U.S. and to/from Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on or after Nov. 10, 2008.
The service fee does not apply to customers who are flying in United First or United Business, have Premier status with United or Star Alliance, or active duty military personnel traveling on orders. United estimates that the $50 service fee will apply to one out of seven customers.
Customers may continue to carry on one bag and one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop computer to fit under the seat or in an overhead bin. For itineraries that include international flights (except Canada), checking a first and second bag will continue to be free.
Details on United's checked bag policy are available at united.com/baggage.
The potential revenue from United's merchandising efforts, including those for checking a first and second bag, will now be approximately $700 million in 2009.
Customers may pay these service fees at an airport Easy Check-In(SM) kiosk or with a skycap using a credit card or at the check-in counter with a credit card, check or cash. To ensure smooth operations at the airport, later this year, United will have developed the ability for customers to pay for baggage fees via united.com when they check-in online.
United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) operates more than 3,200* flights a day on United and United Express to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 975 destinations in 162 countries worldwide. United's 55,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at united.com.
*Based on the flight schedule between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2008.
SOURCE United Airlines
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