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US Airways – Second Checked Bag will Cost $25

March 4, 2008 by  

I fly US Airways frequently, but always fall short of gaining silver preferred status. Guess that happens because I book the cheapest flight, Southwest, Air Tran and Jet Blue.

As of May 5th, if I take an extra bag, as I need at Mardi Gras, it will cost me $25 each way.

Imagine getting to the airport for a family trip and finding this costly surprise. Good reason to pack lighter, but most difficult with small children, needing car seats, pack-n-play’s, etc.

US Airways's official announcement is below.
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US Airways announced a change to our baggage policy. Beginning May 5, 2008, we'll charge $25 for a second checked bag. The new fee applies to travel on or after May 5 for tickets purchased on or after February 26, 2008.

We're making these changes to offset record fuel prices and rising airline related expenses. We simply must make changes to the way we do business to provide all of you with the high level of service that you've come to expect from US Airways. Also, we're doing all we can to keep fares low. With this policy change, we're able to give you the choice to avoid the fee and pack fewer items. With fewer bags to process, we save both money and fuel and can pass that savings on to you.

Dividend Miles Preferred members are exempt from the fee, and we're also waiving the fee for:
• Confirmed First Class and Envoy passengers
• Passengers with Star Alliance Silver or Gold status
• Active military personnel in uniform and with ID
• Unaccompanied minors
• Passengers checking personal assistive devices

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