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Great tidbit from Akshat's Race to Zero Emission's newsletter—older adults are being exposed to more heatwaves than ever before as a result of climate change. This is bad news: older bodies are often ill-equipped to maintain their body temp when exposed to outside stressors. I wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing a spike in heat-related deaths as the days over 30 C continue to climb in certain parts of the world.

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Delta Joins Airlines in Era of $30 Bag Fee 

Delta Joins Airlines in Era of $30 Bag Fee 

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  • The greed is ridiculous. Luggage while traveling is an essential. Just build it into the cost of the flight. I’d rather have a slightly higher all-in fee than this nonsense ala cart style of airfare.

  • Not only is this a stupid policy - you could build the price into the ticket, nobody would know, and you wouldn’t annoy your customers. But how much time is wasted with planes burning fuel on the tarmac while 75% of the passengers are trying to cram suitcases that should be in storage into the overhead

    Not only is this a stupid policy - you could build the price into the ticket, nobody would know, and you wouldn’t annoy your customers. But how much time is wasted with planes burning fuel on the tarmac while 75% of the passengers are trying to cram suitcases that should be in storage into the overhead bins?

    That wasted time equals burned fuel and wasted energy. I’d love to see somebody try and quantify the added costs of that wasted time versus the revenue from baggage fees.

    I loathe this policy, and always have. It’s a complete insult to the customer.

  • Bag fees are basically industry policy now. I no longer even consider them a factor when shopping for tickets ($25 vs. $30 vs. $35 -- does it matter when the tickets are hundreds of dollars, and you're paying a la carte for everything else anyways?). The only real way out of the fees is to fly Spirit

    Bag fees are basically industry policy now. I no longer even consider them a factor when shopping for tickets ($25 vs. $30 vs. $35 -- does it matter when the tickets are hundreds of dollars, and you're paying a la carte for everything else anyways?). The only real way out of the fees is to fly Spirit, which is enough to make you question whether you want to travel at all.

    American was the first major carrier to implement bag fees a decade ago. In an industry that was perpetually unprofitable (for decades), you have to give them some credit for spotting this opportunity (and helping to unlock this broader trend of 'unbundling' -- fees for pillows, blankets, etc etc--that has proven vital to the carriers' financial stability.)

    I don't like the fees at all, but I admire the (evil) ingenuity behind them.

  • If you get their credit card you will be spared. I’ve found that airlines are lowering fares and cutting services. I’m ok with it as long as the cheapest fares are in fact truly cheap.

  • Echoing that luggage should be considered an “essential “ with air travel, but I think that checked bags (depending on the flight) *could* have a charge associated. Like seating options, early boarding, and food (again, depending on the flight) there’s a degree of consumer choice here. What should be

    Echoing that luggage should be considered an “essential “ with air travel, but I think that checked bags (depending on the flight) *could* have a charge associated. Like seating options, early boarding, and food (again, depending on the flight) there’s a degree of consumer choice here. What should be free, for everyone, is guarantee of carry on luggage. However! For longer flights, and anything transcontinental, it should assumed that these are not daytrips for the average flyer. So, if the flight is 5 hours or longer, free first checked back!

  • Similar to the "movie" business model. The ticket price is lowered to increase patronage and then customers are up sold after.

  • Travel websites like Kayak should make it easier to price tickets including all these fees. Airlines would have less incentive to nickel and dime if upfront prices included a realistic estimate of all the fees.

  • Said this in a previous pick - “fee” is a 4-letter word to savvy consumers. Eliminate fees by pricing smarter. Fees turn people off.

  • It's been several years since almost all of the airlines in the US started to charge on checked bags.

    At new type of air fare, so called "basic economy", passengers are charged, even carry-ons.

    It seems to be something stupid, the airlines can charge based on what passengers need by those baggage policies.

  • Airlines have become something that is greedy and intolerant. I don't get it.

  • I understand they make money off of this and it contributes to their business model, but airlines charge so much money as is to fly. Sometimes you can snag a good deal, but traveling is expensive. I understand that maintaining planes, paying employees, etc. is ESSENTIAL, but charging people to bring

    I understand they make money off of this and it contributes to their business model, but airlines charge so much money as is to fly. Sometimes you can snag a good deal, but traveling is expensive. I understand that maintaining planes, paying employees, etc. is ESSENTIAL, but charging people to bring along luggage was already ridiculous. A standard fee that doesn’t just add up on the bill would be nice. Overcharging everywhere isn’t a good way to keep business. Anyways, people will just learn the importance of carry-on.

  • Simple way to stop it or correct it is stop flying Delta.

    It is absolutely ridiculous to say it is rising fuel costs that is causing the hike of check in bags.

    How many people do you watch trying to cram a “carry on” bag (knowing it is to big) for 6 minutes? All awhile the plane is burning fuel

    Simple way to stop it or correct it is stop flying Delta.

    It is absolutely ridiculous to say it is rising fuel costs that is causing the hike of check in bags.

    How many people do you watch trying to cram a “carry on” bag (knowing it is to big) for 6 minutes? All awhile the plane is burning fuel. This baggage fee won’t go away. It is baked in the sauce of doing business with airline companies. But there is always flying Southwest. At least they seem to be the most understanding of this annoying fee.

  • Hard to judge Delta when so many people shop on ticket price. Seems like the incentive is to create the lowest sticker price and add in as many fees after.

  • Greedy monkey see, greedy monkey do.

  • I have said for some time that airlines should charge for carryon over checked bags to reduce the cabin hassle.

    That said, this is another reason why we are flying non-US carriers when we can. We have better service, better guarantees, & frequently better prices. Just got back from a trip using Iceland

    I have said for some time that airlines should charge for carryon over checked bags to reduce the cabin hassle.

    That said, this is another reason why we are flying non-US carriers when we can. We have better service, better guarantees, & frequently better prices. Just got back from a trip using Iceland air which has become a favorite. We like the stop in Keflivik for a break, really reasonable prices, & nice people. Next trip is BA. Even though it is via American, we are already seeing better treatment over changes than our last trip when we booked with American. US airlines need to quit upgrading prices while downgrading services.

  • I loathe this practice. It incentivized everyone to get a carry on that’s the absolute maximum size allowed and shove every possible item they can into it. It results in every flights’ onboarding and off boarding being a drawn out chaotic disaster. Attendants are forcing bags into stuffed overheads while

    I loathe this practice. It incentivized everyone to get a carry on that’s the absolute maximum size allowed and shove every possible item they can into it. It results in every flights’ onboarding and off boarding being a drawn out chaotic disaster. Attendants are forcing bags into stuffed overheads while sweaty passengers stand around clogging the aisles. People can’t find their bags at the end of the flight. It’s miserable in the most uncivilized way possible. I feel like I’m on a city bus in India or something. Please, please just build the price of a checked bag into your ticket price. People in the flight may not even realize why their experience was so much better. But, they will remember that it was. And, we really need to stop babysitting our airlines! Open up domestic flights to international companies. Get some real competition in here. My international flights are NEVER this miserable.

  • I miss Northwest...

  • Huh?