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So United Airlines is now offering "door to door baggage" service — a partnership with FedEx by which you can have baggage overnight-shipped to your destination rather than lugging it to and through the airport.

"United is the first airline to save you time and money with this simple and convenient service," says the copy on the linked website.

WTF? Time, maybe, but money? The fee for this service is "starting at" $149 a bag. The fee for checking a bag at the airport is, what, $25? So where's the money savings? Where can there possibly be money savings?

Who do they think they're kidding?

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 8th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Maybe the savings is that your bag and its contents will actually arrive so you dont have to buy everything all over again...
madfilkentist
Dec. 8th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
That was my thought -- or more precisely, that it will arrive intact.
starcat_jewel
Dec. 8th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yes. That. It's a protection racket -- pay our extortionate fees or take the not-insignificant chance that something will "happen" to your luggage and/or its contents en route.
jhetley
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
I wonder if the TSA employees get a cut?
bedlamhouse
Dec. 8th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Just wait until they raise the bag check fee to be the equivalent of a full-price ticket.
wolfette
Dec. 8th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
I fly with BA. Doesn't cost me anything to check in a bag, so long as I keep it within weight limits. But then again, I'm the woman who did a four day cruise from LA, plus a further 10 days in the US with one medium sized pull along plus a large carry on, when my friends on the cruise who had only travelled from various parts of the US were lugging suitcases larger than my wardrobe at home - and of course barely wore a fraction of that because the cruise was only 4 days long.

tygerr
Dec. 10th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
A not-insignificant fraction of the US population does seem to have a Pavlovian response to the phrase "save money". No matter how much it might cost to "save" that money.

They don't have to get anyone to actually believe them--all they have to do to get the results they want is to wield the Magic Consumerist Phrase like a matador's cape in front of the 'sale addicts'.
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