United may be trend setter with annual fee for checked bags

10/20/2009 | Travel Weekly

United has found a way to increase ancillary revenue while developing a loyal base of passengers. The United Premier Baggage program costs passengers an annual fee of $249 and allows the purchaser and as many as eight companions booked under the same confirmation number to each check two bags. Analysts predict that other airlines will soon follow. Additionally, they say, carriers may try to repackage other services into annual programs to encourage loyalty.

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