United Launches a Baggage Subscription

Airline offers "all you can carry" price

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    Instead of extra baggage fees, United passengers can now pay one annual price.

    Math is tough subject for lots of people.Thus many airline travelers have to break out their calculators to figure how much it actually costs to fly -- what with all the add-ons and surgcharges and fees that have cropped up in the wake of the bad economy.

    United Airlines though is hoping to make math a little easier for their frequent flyers and re-gain those patrons who were scared off by their baggage charges.

    Under the company's new Premier Baggage program, United gives its customers the opportunity to pay an "all-you-can-carry" fee. For $249, passengers can check two bags every time they fly United (or United Express) with no added fees for a year.

    The new subscription fee can be used for up to eight people traveling under the same confirmation number as the subscriber.

    Checking a bag with United currently costs $20 for the first bag, and $30 for a second. So if you check two bags every time you travel, the new subscription fee will pay for itself after five trips. A group or family of five could potentially earn that amount in one trip.

    The new fee does not cover oversized or overweight bags and is being offered as an "introductory price." There is no word yet on how long it will be available.

    Matt Bartosik, a "between blogs" blogger, is a notorious over-packer.