Comments on: Bag-check datapoint of the day, AA edition http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: MightyTravels http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-49498 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:23:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10564#comment-49498 Just get an AA credit card or lite status with oneworld to offset bag charges. Really easy! Torsten @ http://www.mightytravels.com

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By: OnkelBob http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-31983 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:29:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10564#comment-31983 I am an AAdvantage member since 1990 and I think this is typical behavior for AA. I also would rather take Greyhound than fly on AA, but what the hey.

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By: RZ0 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-31952 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:40:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10564#comment-31952 You get miles to check a bag at Boston. What happens on the return flight?

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By: BradH http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-31947 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 04:16:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10564#comment-31947 This is REALLY badly targeted. Elite status flyers are business travelers. They fly first/business or get priority boarding, so there is always room for their bags, and they value their time very highly. Your meeting at the client can’t depend on how long it takes the carosel to spit out your bag, and your trip is too short and your attire and agenda too specific and expensive to risk lost luggage.

The people that should be encouraged to check bags are the casual vacationers and infrequent flyers who have irregular sized luggage, try to bring along too much stuff, and place a low value on their time.

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By: maynardGkeynes http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-31945 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 01:50:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10564#comment-31945 Labor costs are huge for checked baggage — union guys running around in expensive trucks. Having passengers carry on their own bags allows Airlines to capture the imputed income its passengers “earned” by carrying their own bags. The “income” is realized (tax free!) in the form of avoided costs for wages that would have been paid to baggage handlers, and goes right to the airlines’ bottom line. It’s no surprise that most airlines don’t encourage passengers to use expensive, unionized (or expensive non-union) baggage handlers.

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By: mfw13 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-31940 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:23:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10564#comment-31940 Wouldn’t it be much simpler to shrink the allowable size for carry-ons? Or maybe simply institute a rule stating than all bags with wheels (i.e. virtually all suitcases) must be checked. Limit carry-ons to backpacks, purses, and laptop bags and the problem solves itself.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-31939 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:00:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10564#comment-31939 I’m a Delta Platinum with well over half a million miles in the bank, most of which I’ll probably never use. And I get two free checked bags anyway. Do you seriously think that 500 miles is going to get me to change my behavior one bit?

More than that, your solution is targeting the wrong problem. People have become trained (either their employer requires it or just because they can) to compare the base prices published on Kayak, Expedia, or similar web compare site. If an airline gave you something, even if it’s just miles, to check a bag, they will certainly have to raise their base prices to make up for the lost baggage fee, and no longer be competitive on the comparison. Passengers compare base fare, and don’t think about the possible additions like bag fees until they check in, when it becomes an annoyance.

Airlines won’t make up for it by turning planes around faster, because there’s only so fast you can get people on and off an airplane. The airlines are simply playing the game that’s in town. You need something that sounds like an advantage to the passenger (waiting 30 minutes or more in the terminal for your bag isn’t) and is revenue neutral, or all the airlines need to do the same thing.

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By: Auros http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-31937 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:33:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10564#comment-31937 Oh, and your comment system ate my first attempt at a link…

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts_and_l ife/diary/features/2004/_7/entry_1.html

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By: Auros http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-31936 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:33:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10564#comment-31936 In contrast, your more typical flyer probably wouldn’t even think about this issue until they got to the airport with their oversized “carry-on”, and might well check it if offered an incentive. Then, the next time they go to book a flight, if they remember the experience at all, they’re going to have forgotten what airline it was with, question whether the program will still exist (does the day end in Y? then the airlines must be screwing with their price schemes!), and ultimately decide that even if it’s available it’s probably not worth the effort, since they never accumulate enough miles on any one airline to use them.

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By: Auros http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/10/17/bag-check-datapoint-of-the-day-aa-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-31935 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:28:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=10564#comment-31935 Are you kidding? It’s the “elite status” frequent flyers who are CONSTANTLY looking for ways to game the airlines’ system, partly as a kind of entertainment. See, for instance, this entertaining travelogue from a few years back.

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