Airline Updates: Continental increases change fee; American, Air Canada to charge for second bag-April 24, 2008
Continental increases change fees:Continental Airlines has matched United's change fee increase. Effective April 24, 2008. Continental's domestic change fee has increased from $100 to $150. Continental's international change fees now range from $150 to $250. American and Air Canada to charge for second bag:According to published reports, American Airlines will begin charging most domestic passengers $25 to check a second bag. The fee will apply to domestic, economy-class tickets purchased on or after May 12, 2008. Premium frequent flyer members are exempt from the fee. American is the last major domestic carrier to adopt a fee for checking a second bag.
Effective May 15, 2008 for travel on or after July 15, 2008, Air Canada customers will charge Tango and Tango Plus customers a $25 fee to check a second bag. There is no change in the checked bag policy for customers purchasing Latitude and Executive Class tickets. As well, Air Canada Elite, Super Elite and Prestige members in addition to Star Alliance Gold and Silver members maintain their current baggage allowance when purchasing Tango and Tango Plus fares. Baggage allowance for travel to and from countries other than Canada and the United States will remain unchanged. This includes North American flights as part of international travel.
New Carry On Requirements Effective November 6, 2006The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recommends what it’s calling the “3-1-1” rule for air travel: Liquids and gels carried aboard a flight must be in containers that are three ounces or smaller, carried in only one one-quart transparent plastic bag, with a limit of one bag per passenger.
And, you can tell your clients that it’s the container size that counts -- not the amount of liquid or gel left in the container. (For example, you won’t get by with a six-ounce bottle of moisturizer that’s half full.)
AIRLINES: Airlines Raise Minimum Ages for Kids Flying Solo
6/27/2006 - USA Today reported yesterday that more U.S. airlines have begun examining higher minimum ages for unaccompanied minors on their flights. In the past, children as young as five years old were allowed to fly alone on major U.S. carriers. Last year, however, Delta and Northwest raised the minimum age to eight years old for children traveling alone on connecting flights, and US Airways raised its minimum age to 15 years (matching America West, with which it merged in 2005). On direct flights with no plane changes, many airlines still allow kids as young as five years old to travel by themselves. If you have clients sending their kids on flights this year, please check ahead with the airlines for the most current rules (and fees) governing unaccompanied minors.