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Response to Jeff In Milwaukee (Reply #64)

Thu May 1, 2014, 11:50 AM

69. That's reasonable enough - actually a better compromise than overhead free/$25 checked.

I almost exclusively fly an airline which gives me two carryons and one checked for free, so I have no horse in this race. Regardless, 9 out of 10 times I just have an underseat backpack and a normal carryon-sized rolly bag. I never put anything important (laptop, keys, wallet, etc.) in the rolly anyway so I'd be fine checking it, I sometimes will gate-check to be polite, but it's pretty unreasonable to expect a person to be able to fit all their supplies for more than a weekend trip into a backpack. Overhead or checked, 98% of travellers are going to need some kind of larger solution.

Spirit's actually been doing this for a while, $26/carryon and $21/first checked...and their fares, at least out of NYC, definitely aren't $26 cheaper than jetBlue. Actually, just checked for a flight I already have booked - they're thirty dollars more with no luggage whatsoever. I'll take my free bags, seatback TV, full can of soda and three bags of snacks (the attendants just sort of throw them around by the handful), and epically awesome terminal, thanks.

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