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Phew! IATA Backs Down On Reducing Carry-On Sizes

June 18, 2015 at 11:44 AM | by | ()

"That was a close call!"

You've probably felt that way when getting your just-passably-sized carry-on past gate agents. But this week we all breathed a collective sigh of relief about size standards for carry-on bags. There had been some recent discussion about changing things up; well, there was nothing literally up about it. In fact, it was a call to shrink things down into a smaller size. We (and we don't think we're alone in this) already tend to push the limits with what will fit in the gate area's baggage sizer — so we’re breathing a sigh of relief.

Because, while The New York Times goes into more detail, basically the International Air Transport Association has backpedaled on previous suggestions that the size of carry-on luggage should be reduced. (By about 20%!)

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Delta Keeps Their Baggage Guarantee, Sticks Around Indefinitely

April 8, 2015 at 2:35 PM | by | ()

So remember when Delta started offering up that baggage guarantee on a trial basis a while ago? Well apparently they like what they saw, and they are considering it a hit because it’s going to stick around.

This week Delta announced that things would continue permanently. As a refresher, the airline is guaranteeing that checked baggage will make it all the way from the belly of the plane to the baggage carrousel within 20 minutes. If not they’ll give you 2,500 miles for your troubles, but just remember that you need to fill out a form online and call them out on it.

There are some rules to follow and what not, but for the most part things are pretty straightforward. Your journey’s last leg must be a domestic one, you must be signed up for their frequent flyer program, and you can only score the miles once each way no matter how many checked bags you have.

Alaska Airlines has done a version of this for years and years, so we’ll just have to wait and see if other carriers offer something similar now that Delta has thrown themselves into the ring.

[Photo: Doug Waldron]

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Delta is Testing Out a New 20-Minute Baggage Guarantee

February 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM | by | ()

The planes and people over at Alaska Airlines have been doing something similar for years, but now Delta will give it a go as well. The airline is testing out some kind of baggage guarantee, as they look to "upgrade" the traveling process for their passengers.

Basically checked bags are supposed to arrive onto the baggage carrousel within twenty minutes—for domestic flights. If they don’t then the airline will hand out 2,500 miles for the inconvenience. So twenty minutes for your bag or 2,500 miles—it’s simple enough. The guarantee is in trial mode thought the end of March.

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Alaska Airlines Will Check Your First Bag Free All This Month

January 5, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

Alaska Airlines, fresh off a Jaunty win in 2014, is starting the year off with quite the promotion. For the month of January, Alaska Airlines will check your first bag for free.

There’s a couple of asterisks on the terms and conditions page, but for the most part it seems pretty straightforward. It’s all to show off their love to their Mileage Plan members, so be sure to sign up and enter your digits prior to checking in for your flight.

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Don't Panic. JetBlue's Upcoming Baggage Fees and Reduced Legroom Aren't the End of the World

November 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | ()

What a week for Southwest Airlines! Yesterday, the only other airline than Southwest who doesn't charge a fee for your first checked bag—JetBlue—announced that they would indeed begin charging fees on checked bags.

Bummer for JetBlue, as the change will be introduced at some point in 2015 along with new airfare tiers of service, but a boon for Southwest, who now claims the title of "the only airline where bags fly free."

Still, JetBlue flyers have no need to panic just yet. The baggage fees haven't yet been detailed with pricing (although industry standard is $25 for the first bag), the new fare tiers haven't been announced, and none of these changes will happen until some point in 2015.

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United Adds DIY Baggage Tagging Over at O'Hare

August 28, 2014 at 6:05 AM | by | ()

Practice your sticker skills before heading off to the airport, as one of the country’s largest carriers is going the DIY route when it comes to baggage tagging.

United Airlines just started offering self-service bag tagging over at Chicago-O’Hare in an effort to speed up the check-in process at the airport. The airline’s angle is that it provides more options for customers looking to do things for themselves, and it will free up agents to help out those flyers that have questions or need a little more assistance.

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Europe is the Worst When It Comes to Baggage Handling

June 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

We’ve all been there, and it’s not a fun time. The baggage carrousel goes around and around, and pretty soon you realize that your bag is delayed, missing, or something worse. Apparently this kind of situation is more of a problem over in Europe, as a new report indicates when it comes to baggage delays and mistakes things are worse there than they are here.

Things are actually three times worse in Europe when compared to the situation in the nifty fifty. According to the folks over at Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques—or just SITA to their friends—airlines over in Europe kind of screwed things up with around nine bags for every 1,000 passengers or so last year. Numbers in the United States were just over three bags per thousand travelers, and not surprisingly those awesome airports in Asia did the best—just under two bags per thousand flyers.

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The Newest Airline with Checked Baggage Fees Goes North of the Border

Where: Canada
May 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | ()

Now and then we have shared some praise for the planes and people over at Porter Airlines, but today we’ve got a little bit of bad news. Plenty of the in-flight freebies and customer service are still there, but it looks like bringing that bag along is going to cost you—and it’s a first for carriers up in Canada.

Baggage fees have crossed the border, and Porter Airlines is the first carrier to start implementing them on routes within Canada. Domestic travelers will have to shell out $25 for the right to check their first bag, but fortunately it does look like carry-on bags will continue to be complimentary.

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'How Do I Take My Surfboard as Checked Luggage?'

January 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."

With winter's grip firmly squeezing a majority of the US, there's no doubt that many are dreaming of a vacation where they can wiggle their toes in the sand and frolic in the warm waters of a tropical location. If catching a few waves is on your list of things to do while traveling, here's the lowdown on how to pack your board to ensure some fun in the sun.

Most major airlines specifically name surfboards as sporting equipment that are governed by special rules that often come with special fees. American and Delta charge an extra $150, where United and Hawaiian Airlines both ask $100 for each surfboard. For United's long-haul flights, the fee doubles to $200 (uhhh). On a better note, the smaller boards (boogie and the like) are considered a regular piece of luggage on these four airlines.

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Delta's Secret Las Vegas Project is Some Sort of Theft Prevention Thing

January 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM | by | ()

Delta is doing something new when it comes to how they handle the whole baggage carrousel thing, as they want to ensure that you go home with the same bag that you brought to the airport.

We guess there must be a baggage theft problem—or other issue—over in Las Vegas, as that’s where Delta is in the middle of a two-month pilot program aimed at cracking down on stolen baggage.

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Even JetBlue Will Now Deliver Your Luggage Beyond Baggage Claim

August 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM | by | ()

At this point there’s a whole bunch of carriers that have realized that dragging bags to—and through—the airport is a bummer. That’s why they’ve teamed up with baggage delivery services to get the heavy lifting done and over with. Of course there’s a fee associated with the convenience, but in the right situation it just might be worth it.

It looks like JetBlue is the latest carrier to offer delivery service for checked baggage. They have joined forces with Bags VIP, and the service will be offered up at pretty much and all domestic airports as well as spots in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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Officials Say 96% of NYC's Airline Scales are Correct

August 12, 2013 at 6:57 AM | by | ()

There’s some good news this week for those who love to over pack and feel the need to lug along one of those baggage scales. Officials just did a sweep of luggage scales in and around the airports in New York City, and it looks like the scores are worthy of hanging on the refrigerator.

The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs has been driving around checking things out, and they’ve found that 96 percent of scales are accurate. They didn’t just check one or two either, as they claim they checked out each and every scale at both JFK and LaGuardia airports.

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