We may have celebrated momentarily when airlines tried to launch a new fare increase and failed, but one carrier has made a move that is likely to break our good spirits yet again. Less than one month after American Airlines announced that checking a first bag would cost $15 as of June 15, United has copied AA's policy and will now charge you for checking any and all bags.
The New York Times points out that United was the first airline to introduce the $25 fee for checking a second bag which was implemented earlier this year. It's estimated the various baggage fees will affect one out of three US travelers and add $275 million to the carrier's annual revenue.
The fare increase may have failed last week but it seems that airlines will continue making up for any resistance with additional fees. The majority of you said you wished airlines would just increase fares instead of facing multiple fee hikes, and I think I'm starting to agree.