Oh, Big Surprise

Old Feb 8th, 2022, 08:49 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 40,052
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Oh, Big Surprise

Delta Airlines is going to start testing whether or not waiving checked bag fees will speed up the boarding process by reducing the number of carry-ons. The test will be conducted on selected customers departing from Boston. Like the airline doesn't already know the answer to this? OR, is thing going to be one of those, "We listened and have decided to implement what you actually want?"
Dukey1 is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 09:15 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 8,761
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
That would be great news!
KTtravel is online now  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 09:21 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 34,064
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
How would they know the answer to it if they haven't tested it yet? Personally, fees or no fees on checked bags would not impact whether I bring a carry-on or check a bag. I don't bring a carry-on to avoid a checked bag fee. I bring a carry-on for my own convenience. Maybe there are lots of people like me out there.
tom42 is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 09:30 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 22,803
Received 4 Likes on 3 Posts
Southwest doesn't charge for the first two checked bags. I started checking one, or two, bags and only taking my purse on board. It is so much easier. Yes, I have to wait to collect bags, but that isn't a problem for me. I can see why, if you have a short time to catch another flight, you would want to avoid doing that. Charging for checked bags might have made people reconsider if they really need to take the kitchen sink for two weeks vacation, but it's also a huge moneymaker for airlines.
Barbara is online now  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 09:37 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 319
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We were printing our boarding passes for an American flight in Dec. and the question came up asking if we wanted to gate check our carry on at no cost. We checked them in at the ticket counter.
katybird is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 09:37 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 34,064
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Barbara View Post
Charging for checked bags might have made people reconsider if they really need to take the kitchen sink for two weeks vacation, but it's also a huge moneymaker for airlines.
Right. And if they stop charging for checked bag, they will find a way to make that money back another way.
tom42 is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 09:53 AM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 40,052
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Originally Posted by tom42 View Post
How would they know the answer to it if they haven't tested it yet? Personally, fees or no fees on checked bags would not impact whether I bring a carry-on or check a bag. I don't bring a carry-on to avoid a checked bag fee. I bring a carry-on for my own convenience. Maybe there are lots of people like me out there.
Well, personally I suspect there are a LOT of people who are bringing all their worldly goods on board because there ARE checked bag fees. And then there are those who are hoping the airline will announce that they will check your bag for free and how many times have we heard that announcement at the gate? I bring a carry on aboard for convenience, too, and I sit there and wait, and wait, and WAIT while all the other people are bringing theirs on board and struggling to store them and ignoring the airline announcements about putting at least one under the seat, and waiting and waiting and waiting some more for the pushback.
I'm certain there are a lot of people just like you out there but if you really believe they don't know the answer, well enjoy that feeling.
Dukey1 is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 10:00 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 16,464
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
People now seem to take the kitchen sink as carry on. The amount of things some people get away with always amazes me, and then they cram it into overheads with no regard for other passengers, always need to disturb their neighbours to get something they forgot out of it just as the neighbour is starting to doze, or has a drink, in addition to spreading what doesn't fit up top all around them, and then take ages extricating it all again, risking hitting others with their bags.
I always used to check a bag. I carried my photo gear on board. That went under the seat, and stayed there all flight. It really didn't bother me having to collect my bag - by the time I'd got through immigration my bag was on the carrousel.
I am happy I have decided not to fly any more so it ceases to be a problem for me.
hetismij2 is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 10:02 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 38,216
Received 7 Likes on 4 Posts
I check my bags because as a small person it’s just easier for me.

My husband OTOH would never pay extra for something if he doesn’t have to so only checks if it’s included.

(It’s a family legend how he made his 18 year old daughter weigh and repack her bag she was taking overseas to college several times until it was correct. When she got to college with her two bags lots of kids showed up with U- Hauls! And, his tearful 14 year old sat on the floor at Swiss Air taking precious “peepee” (Swahili for candy) she’d been collecting out of a bag bound for a service trip in Tanzania - again he was not paying an overweight fee.)
gruezi is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 10:24 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 34,064
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Dukey1 View Post
I'm certain there are a lot of people just like you out there but if you really believe they don't know the answer, well enjoy that feeling.
Yes, I am reveling in it. There are a few questions they need to answer - one is does it reduce the number of carry-ons. If yes, does that reduce the amount of time it takes to board the plane. And if yes, by how much and is it significant enough to implement a policy that includes free checked bags. Not sure how they would know that without testing it.
tom42 is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 10:41 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 412
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
No one has mentioned how long it take to get off the plane. I personally take a photo bag and "purse." These are not large and can be grabbed quickly. If people want to drag everything and the kitchen sink on board, I wish they'd be relegated to the back of the plane. It takes too goddam long to get off the plane with everyone having to grab all of their crap, and if you have a tight connection? End of grumpy rant.

PS - I haven't flown since a trip to Italy in 2018, due to you-know-what. I really miss travel. But I don't know about flying anymore. Very sad.
Rocket79 is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 11:00 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 20,883
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Like tom, I would still just bring a carry-on instead of checking bags regardless of fees. I don't need a lot of stuff, and we usually have two and sometimes three connections.
kureiff is online now  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 11:01 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,675
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Add me to the list of people who think they should enforce the carry-on rules. I mean, "free" checked luggage is fine (and agree with everyone who says they will just make up the difference elsewhere), but they also need to stop carry-on abuse. Maybe have every carry-on bag checked for size before boarding, and if it doesn't pass the test, make them pay double to check it.

Or, I can see the airlines choosing a path I would not want -- such as charging more for carry-ons than checked luggage, to de-incentivize people from bringing a carry-on while also making more money from it. Or, I'm sure the airlines can think of something even more diabolical than that.
UdderlyHopeless is online now  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 11:35 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,128
Likes: 0
Received 11 Likes on 4 Posts
My understanding is that they are not eliminating the checked bag fee but are giving passengers the opportunity to check their carry-on bags for free by sending a text to passengers the day of the flight.

https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-...-for-carry-ons
Nikki is offline  
Old Feb 8th, 2022, 04:44 PM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 16,295
Received 22 Likes on 4 Posts
gruezi, your husband sounds like our family as far as packing very light, carrying it on. Our kids have continued this way as adults after being trained to travel light!!
HappyTrvlr is offline  
Old Feb 9th, 2022, 04:42 AM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 1,942
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I take a carryon JIC the checked bag gets lost...this way I have a change of clothes and meds, etc.
MarnieWDC is offline  
Old Feb 9th, 2022, 09:57 AM
  #17  
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 3,000
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I think some people have indeed avoided checking bags because of the carry-on fees. FYI, on my recent Frontier Airlines flight the cost to bring on a carry-on was $10 MORE than checking a bag.

But I will NOT check a bag if there is any way around it. I've had luggage lost (or stolen) and I detest having to wait for my bag to be delivered.

Thirty years ago, my checked bag never showed up in the Cayman Islands. Thinking it was just delayed, I bought a swimsuit, a pair of shorts and a T-shirt to tide me over. I washed out my underwear each night, certain my bags would arrive the next day. I'm still waiting. I realized how little I really needed. I have never checked a bag since then.

I spent 5 days in Rome followed by a 10-day cruise of the Greek Isles -- with only a carry-on bag and a computer bag. A dark sport jacket and the matching dark pants I wore on the plane worked for formal nights. Several ties made it look like I was not wearing the same thing every night. I carry only travel-sized toiletries. Of course, it is easier when traveling to a warm weather destination and lodging that has a washer/dryer, but I've managed it in Norway and Ireland in the winter. I wore a sweater and travel vest (with tons of pockets) on the flight, and they served double duty as pillows. It is doable.

Disclaimer: I'm a sweatshirt and jeans kind of guy and I rarely go to fancy restaurants.

I will NOT be checking my bags.
Songdoc is offline  
Old Mar 29th, 2022, 05:14 AM
  #18  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 19,142
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I remember the days when airlines NEVER charged for checked baggage. It was included in the price as it should be. Carry-ons were usually a small tote bag and sometimes a shopping bag filled with purchases on the return flight. Travel back then was civilized and for the most part, so were most passengers.

The worst part of carry-ons today is that people don't follow the rules and airlines don't enforce them. The boarding process is one of the worst parts of travel today.
panecott is offline  
Old Mar 30th, 2022, 01:04 PM
  #19  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 17,868
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
>> is thing going to be one of those, "We listened and have decided to implement what you actually want?"

that is a good one, lol
mrwunrfl is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
AAFrequentFlyer
United States
23
Aug 7th, 2007 06:03 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information