I just got an email from US Airways regarding their baggage policy. According to the email, in order to offset rising fuel costs, they will now be charging $25 for your second bag. They explain it by saying;
We’re making these changes to offset record fuel prices and rising airline related expenses. We simply must make changes to the way we do business to provide all of you with the high level of service that you’ve come to expect from US Airways. Also, we’re doing all we can to keep fares low. With this policy change, we’re able to give you the choice to avoid the fee and pack fewer items. With fewer bags to process, we save both money and fuel and can pass that savings on to you.
I guess that is cooler than raising the fares…especially since if I ever travel with a second bag, it is a surfboard and I get charged for that no matter what. Hopefully that won’t apply to new parents that are lugging around all the ‘kid gear’ that is required to raise a child in this modern world.