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The Associated Press (via USA Today) reports that US Airways announced Tuesday they would begin charging travelers $25 to check a second piece of luggage. This follows a near-identical move by United Airlines earlier this month. Southwest Airlines began charging customers $25 to charge a third bag in late January.

The additional charges come at a time when airlines are struggling to turn a profit. On Tuesday, the price of oil again topped $100 a barrel. The price of oil is closely tied to that of jet fuel.

The new charge will be effective immediately for tickets purchased starting Wednesday, March 27 for travel on or after May 5.

US Airways already charged customers who checked between two and nine bags $80 per extra bag, and they are now boosting that charge to $100.


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I’m really not surprised to see US Air follow United’s lead.

On the one hand, I’m pleased because this is great news for our business, which allows people to reduce or eliminate the need for luggage.

But this move also tends to hurt the leisure traveller who just doesn’t need the additional burden. It’s really nthing more than a tax–and a regressive one at that.


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