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Thanks For Piling On, United Airlines

Am I going to have to start travelling with Greyhound?

It seems all the airlines are following American Airlines’ lead with jacked up fees and fares. Yay…

United Airlines has increased its basic fares significanty; by up to as much as $60 more per roundtrip. They’re also thinking about implementing a fee on the 1st checked bag just like American Airlines did earlier this week. Other airlines are watching closely to see if that is something they might try. Hooray.

This weekend brings us Memorial Day and travel numbers are down signficantly. This is the first time the numbers have decreased since 2002. The price of oil and these ridiculously high airline fares are to blame. If this keeps up, the entire travel industry is going to tank. People are going to stay home.

So far, I haven’t heard about Southwest Airlines pulling any of this crap, but I’m sure they’ll be forced to cave eventually. When that happens, we’re all doomed.

I’m glad that Congress doesn’t buy that the Big Oil Companies are “reinvesting their record profits”. They so aren’t. And if they think Congress, and the American people are that stupid, it’s even more insulting than I thought.

I’m looking to purchase a roundtrip to Omaha in the coming weeks and I really don’t need this. I’m going to have to suck it up, but if this keeps up, it will affect my future committments.

Perhaps if I start hitchiking now, I’ll make it there in time for the Olympic Swimming Trials?

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Boycott American Airlines

This gas/fuel problem is getting out of hand and we consumers are the ones getting bent over.

I really don’t crae that the government doesn’t want to get involved or thinks it might set a bad precedence. Bottom line is SOMETHING MUST BE DONE! This is all ridiculous! We’re tired of getting hosed!

Case in point: American Airlines has decided to charge for all checked baggage. Not the 3rd item. Not the 2nd item. All bags.

I am effectively never flying American again. I have to put my foot down. It was American, who last month, announced they would charge for the 2nd checked bag. That pissed me off too, but not as much as charging for the 1st one too; $15.

Most of the airlines already increased the basic fares by $20 to help with fuel costs. That is in addition to the increase of reservation fees and other things they’ve tried to pull on travellers. That was within the past month. Now this? Nope. I don’t think so. I’m done with AA. It’s a matter of principle.

Man, I miss Skybus.

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