United Airlines Announces New Checked Bag Policy for Domestic Flights

Jun 12, 2008, 01:00 ET from United Airlines

    CHICAGO, June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines today
 announced two changes to its domestic checked bag policy. The service fee
 to check one bag for domestic travel will be $15 each way and the fee to
 check three or more bags, overweight bags or items that require special
 handling will increase from $100 to $125 or from $200 to $250, depending on
 the item.
     These changes apply to customers who purchase a ticket on or after June
 13, 2008, for travel within the U.S. and to/from Canada, Puerto Rico and
 the U.S. Virgin Islands on or after August 18, 2008. The $15 service fee
 does not apply to customers who are flying in United First or United
 Business or who have premier status with United or Star Alliance. Details
 on United's checked bag policy are available at united.com/baggage.
     "With record-breaking fuel prices, we must pursue new revenue
 opportunities, while continuing to offer competitive fares, by tailoring
 our products and services around what our customers value most and are
 willing to pay for," says John Tague, executive vice president and chief
 operating officer.
     United estimates that the new $15 service fee will apply to one out of
 three customers, and the potential revenue from baggage handling service
 fees, including those for checking a first and second bag, will be
 approximately $275 million a year.
     The fee to check a second bag is $25 each way and applies to customers
 who purchase Economy tickets for travel exclusively within the 50 United
 States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada, and who do not have
 premier status in Mileage Plus or Star Alliance.
     For itineraries that include international flights (except Canada),
 checking a first and second bag will continue to be free, and the cost to
 check more than two bags or items that are overweight or require special
 handling varies by destination.
     Customers may pay these service fees at an airport Easy Check-In(SM)
 kiosk with 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.
     About United
     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 965 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.

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