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US Airways to charge $2 for beverages, $15 for first bag
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Posted on 06/12/2008 4:07:11 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD

US Airways is imposing new passenger fees in the face of rising jet fuel prices, but it's going even further than some other airlines have recently.

The Tempe, Ariz.-based carrier (NYSE: LCC), which has a large presence at Reagan National Airport, will start charging $2 for nonalcoholic beverages in coach class on all domestic flights. The fee covers sodas, juices, bottled water and coffee. The charge for alcoholic beverages in coach will increase to $7.

Following the lead of several other airlines, US Airways also will charge $15 for the first checked bag for tickets purchased beginning July 9 for all flights within the U.S. and to and from Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. US Airways will waive the fee for its most frequent customers.

"Our industry is profoundly challenged by the dramatic increase in fuel prices, and we must write a new playbook for running a profitable airline in this new and challenging environment, " US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said in statement.

The carrier also will close the US Airways Clubs at BWI/Marshall Airport and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport effective Aug. 6.

The airline also is imposing a $25 service fee for domestic tickets and a $35 service fee for international tickets purchased through its call center reservations line.

There will be a new fee to redeem frequent flier awards under its Dividend Miles program on all tickets issued beginning Aug. 6. The fee will be based on destination ($25 for domestic and Canada tickets, $35 for Mexico and the Caribbean, and $50 for Hawaii and international flights). US Airways is also eliminating its bonus miles program for preferred status Dividend Miles members.

Effective Sept. 3, the airline will close it Las Vegas night operation, except for limited night service to the East Coast, and it will reduce its fourth quarter domestic mainline capacity by 6 to 8 percent on a year-over-year basis. The airline had previously planned a 2 to 4 percent decrease in domestic mainline capacity in its fourth quarter. The reduced flying will require about 1,700 fewer positions across the airline's system, including roughly 300 pilots, 400 flight attendants, 800 airport employees and 200 staff and management.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; aircraft; airlines; americanairlines; aviation; europe; passengers; unitedairlines; usairways
What's next? Charging to use the lavatory toilet paper or charging for how many pairs of shoes we bring onboard in our carry-on luggage?
1 posted on 06/12/2008 4:07:13 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD
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To: Aeronaut; Paleo Conservative; cll

Aviation-related ping.


2 posted on 06/12/2008 4:09:35 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Don't fly American or United - they can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Why can’t these idiots realize that there would be far less customer disgust & resistance if they just raised ticket prices, rather than this nickel & dime junk.


3 posted on 06/12/2008 4:10:11 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

So they want us to pay $2 for half a 50 cent soda, what $5 for 10 tiny pretzels?


4 posted on 06/12/2008 4:12:41 PM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

“Here’s $21.00. Let’s have a nice flight.”


5 posted on 06/12/2008 4:13:36 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth...)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

They can market and sell their services any way they want. It’s called free enterprise; sort of. I don’t have a problem with it as long as they do it openly.


6 posted on 06/12/2008 4:16:39 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: svcw

Nothing irks me more than idiot passengers maneuvering large carry-on luggage - which they try to fit into a little space overhaed - disregarding any other passengers who might want to place their stuff overhead too, and I cringe if I have a connecting flight somewhere and I’m sitting in the back of the plane — one time I made it to my connecting gate with only 2 minutes to spare because several a**holes were taking up to 10-15 minutes taking down and hauling their crap!


7 posted on 06/12/2008 4:17:48 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Don't fly American or United - they can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: BwanaNdege

Next they’ll charge for their company inflight magazines and skymall. Maybe they could have the flight attendants start selling ‘lap dances’? How about a cover charge for the predeparture safety briefing? Have a carry-on? For $5.00 you can use the overhead locker. Have a question about a connecting flight? Flight info for sale $3. Here’s the big one—On board toilet use now $5 for 5 minutes. Anything to keep those ticket prices low so they can compete with all the other nickel and dimers.


8 posted on 06/12/2008 4:18:57 PM PDT by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're Stupid.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

The unintended consequence of this $$ for first bag policy (United appears to be adopting as well) is that it will cost the airlines more time.

To wit,
Fewer people will want to check their bags because of the cost
More people will try to cram their bags into the already over committed overhead space.
Flight crews will have to check more bags at the tarmac
Such checked bags will now delay the departure of the plane
Plane will now spend more time at the gate idling their engines
.... burning more fuel


9 posted on 06/12/2008 4:19:45 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

I think people would object a whole lot less if they put vending machines at the boarding gates so folks could select their preference of snacks before boarding.

And, too, there’s ALWAYS the train.


10 posted on 06/12/2008 4:20:22 PM PDT by HKMk23 (Only The Tribulation is a crucible sufficient to the emergence of a Bride fit for her Bridegroom God)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Yet another stupid decision by a poorly run airline. They deserve to fail.


11 posted on 06/12/2008 4:21:00 PM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: SeaHawkFan

They can “market” all they want and they can “free entreprise” all they want. The passengers will slowly start peeling off aviation, and stop flying.


12 posted on 06/12/2008 4:21:56 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Don't fly American or United - they can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: BwanaNdege
Why can’t these idiots realize that there would be far less customer disgust & resistance if they just raised ticket prices, rather than this nickel & dime junk.

Give this contestant a cigar!
Just give me THE PRICE, and I can accept it or go to a competitor.

13 posted on 06/12/2008 4:22:49 PM PDT by realdifferent1 (I hope the 'War on Terror' goes better than the 'War on Poverty'.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

How much to find your lost bag?


14 posted on 06/12/2008 4:24:55 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: taxcontrol
I don't think the flight attendants will be in a position to deal with the $15 for a gate-checked bag. How will the airline handle the workaround that people will figure out, that they can bring their bag to the gate and then avoid the fee when the over-worked gate staff has to make change from a $20 for a gate-checked bag?

-PJ

15 posted on 06/12/2008 4:28:40 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

And it will get worse if people have to pay for luggage.


16 posted on 06/12/2008 4:29:05 PM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

They should just put on the required number of flight attendents and make them wear helmets and bright orange vests that say SAFETY CREW


17 posted on 06/12/2008 4:29:57 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Save the Earth! Kill a tree!)
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To: Yo-Yo

“How much to find your lost bag?”

Right.

Also, perhaps TSA will start charging to use those bins that we have to put our shoes in.... and the airlines might start charging to watch the crappy movie.... and for a window seat as opposed to an aisle seat....


18 posted on 06/12/2008 4:30:15 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Don't fly American or United - they can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

That’s why SWA is the best Airline to fly. This will put SWA in the consumer friendly


19 posted on 06/12/2008 4:31:16 PM PDT by ncfool (Hopefully we will see the birth certificate. Obama the Manchurian Candidate .)
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To: ncfool

But who is to say that SWA won’t follow suit in the future?


20 posted on 06/12/2008 4:35:14 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Don't fly American or United - they can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Will they charge for bathroom use too?


21 posted on 06/12/2008 4:37:14 PM PDT by traumer
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Not their style. They have already stated that they are for free bags up to two. and yes they do charge for the 3rd. But they always have.

They will win the battle for passengers while the others kiss them off.


22 posted on 06/12/2008 4:37:18 PM PDT by ncfool (Hopefully we will see the birth certificate. Obama the Manchurian Candidate .)
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Maybe the Demrat’s will re-regulate the airlines and the trucking industry. After all Jimmy Crickets deregulated them with his best bud Alfred (neuman) Kahn.


23 posted on 06/12/2008 4:39:26 PM PDT by ncfool (Hopefully we will see the birth certificate. Obama the Manchurian Candidate .)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

As William Blake put it:

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”

I guess there’s really no pressing need to travel. Just get me a grain of sand and a wild flower.


24 posted on 06/12/2008 4:47:29 PM PDT by devere
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD; Jeremiah Jr; Lijahsbubbe
The fee covers sodas, juices, bottled water and coffee.

Is it the same water confiscated from passengers at the security screening? What else will they offer for sale - nail files, scissors... knitting needles?

25 posted on 06/12/2008 4:58:38 PM PDT by Ezekiel
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
What's next?

Don't know, we'll have to wait for Congress to stick their noses into this fiasco again.

The Airline industry is the most heavily regulated industry on this planet thanks to congress...........

26 posted on 06/12/2008 5:37:56 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: taxcontrol

Yep. Pretty damn short-sighted, isn’t it? And, as usual, USeless Air leads the way. I’ve had to use them a few times because they are the key airline in Pittsburgh, but they are my last choice.


27 posted on 06/12/2008 5:41:29 PM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: Vigilanteman

More like “USScareways”....


28 posted on 06/12/2008 5:42:43 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Airlines can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
There will be a new fee to redeem frequent flier awards under its Dividend Miles program on all tickets issued beginning Aug. 6. The fee will be based on destination ($25 for domestic and Canada tickets, $35 for Mexico and the Caribbean, and $50 for Hawaii and international flights). US Airways is also eliminating its bonus miles program for preferred status Dividend Miles members.

You'd think people ought to be able to sue over this, it's in essence a change of the contract terms on the mileage program.

29 posted on 06/12/2008 5:43:10 PM PDT by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: BwanaNdege
Why can’t these idiots realize that there would be far less customer disgust & resistance if they just raised ticket prices, rather than this nickel & dime junk.

On a certain level I prefer the nickel and diming, although the problem here is that they don't enforce the carry-on size limits so people are going to be bringing all sorts of junk into the cabin.

30 posted on 06/12/2008 5:44:15 PM PDT by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: Ron Jeremy
You'd think people ought to be able to sue over this, it's in essence a change of the contract terms on the mileage program.

Not to mention, a slap in the face to their most loyal customers. Not exactly the brightest move.

31 posted on 06/12/2008 5:45:23 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Wonder if a person has to take their pills to stop a heart attack or something crucial. That will be $2 to take your your pills with water.


32 posted on 06/12/2008 5:51:42 PM PDT by AGreatPer
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To: ncfool
SWA won me over last month with their cheap online tix to Vegas out of Green airport in RI.
They are my new airline of choice....plus your guaranteed a flight on a Boeing.
33 posted on 06/12/2008 6:35:25 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

It still cheaper than Disneyland and the like.


34 posted on 06/12/2008 6:38:22 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ( Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

$15 for the first barf bag?
My god, how much do they charge for the second one?


35 posted on 06/12/2008 6:38:45 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

$25 for the second one....


36 posted on 06/12/2008 6:53:45 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (Airlines can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: BwanaNdege
Why can’t these idiots realize that there would be far less customer disgust & resistance if they just raised ticket prices, rather than this nickel & dime junk.

1. Because they can collect these fees on those who have already bought tickets.

2. If they were to raise ticket costs, they would lose seats and business to airlines such as Southwest. With this policy they can match Southwest fares on flights like Philadelphia to Chicago but collect their extra fees on the unsuspecting or uncaring traveler. This is important since many leisure travelers and many businesses simply chose the cheapest flight on the internet regardless of loyalty ect.

37 posted on 06/12/2008 7:25:52 PM PDT by Fast Ed97 ("Bill did us just like he did Monica Lewinsky. He was ridin' dirty,")
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To: mgstarr

But our elected theives won’t let that happen, they will waste the tax payers money to bail them out AGAIN over their stupid policies and bloat saliers.


38 posted on 06/13/2008 6:52:29 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Yo-Yo

There is an extra retroactive fee to lose your luggage now too.


39 posted on 06/16/2008 10:13:03 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

“In the unlikely event that the cabin should lose air pressure, an oxygen mask will deploy from the panel above your head. If you’d like to purchase oxygen, you may do so for $20 suing any major bank credit or debit card.”


40 posted on 06/16/2008 10:23:51 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Peace is Not The Question.)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

“In the unlikely event that the cabin should lose air pressure, an oxygen mask will deploy from the panel above your head. If you’d like to purchase oxygen, you may do so for $20 using any major bank credit or debit card.”


41 posted on 06/16/2008 10:24:09 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Peace is Not The Question.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

I like “suing” better! ;-P


42 posted on 06/16/2008 11:10:23 AM PDT by MortMan (Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton)
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