US Airways continues to lead in the race to the bottom

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I just got an email from US Airways (really the old America West) that has this charming message:

Today, US Airways announced a change to our baggage policy. Beginning May 5, 2008, we’ll charge $25 for a second checked bag. As a Preferred member, you and anyone traveling on the same reservation, are exempt from the fee. We value our most frequent flyers, and we want to continue to make your travels as easy as possible.

So, along with the unbelievably filthy airplanes, the obtrusive advertising on seatback trays, and lack of vegetarian meal options to buy on board, most people will have the pleasure of handing over an additional $25 for the 2nd bag that US Airways will promptly ‘lose’ when flying through the Philly airport. Of course frequent flyers like me, who rarely check in bags, will have the fee waived if we give them the secret handshake. Bravo USAirways, Bravo!