A few days ago, several conscientious readers pointed out that airline baggage requirements are changing, and now some airlines are only allowing one “free” checked bag per flier. Lovely.
I checked with our airline, AirTran, and sure enough, starting May 15 they will be charging $10 for a second checked bag. That’s the day of my flight. Arg.
From the AirTran web site:
Through May 14, 2008 — For each fare-paying customer, AirTran Airways allows two (2) checked pieces free of charge, with size limitations. The maximum weight is 50 pounds and maximum size is 61 inches (length + width + height).
Effective May 15, 2008 — The charge for a second checked bag will be $10. For each fare-paying customer, AirTran Airways will allow one (1) checked piece free of charge, with size and weight limitations.
Click here to see Delta’s policy (changes on May 5).
Are these changes going to result in lower airfares and better service? Doubtful.
Anyway, because of these baggage changes, I’m probably going to buy all of our food in Florida now, rather than pack a suitcase full.
I hope that Shane and I will be able to fit all of our belongings in two suitcases between us, plus our small carry-ons. I’ve been able to travel light before (I went to New York City for like 4 days using just a carry-on!), but this should be tricky. At least we’re going to a warm climate, where we won’t need to pack winter coats and boots!