You Don't Have to Pay United Airlines Baggage Fees - Here's How
Airline ticket purchases are rarely all-inclusive. When you check-in for a flight, be ready to shell out additional cash for checking your luggage, upgrading your seat, or getting a quality in-flight meal. Commercial airlines are increasingly charging separate fees for individual services and amenities. However, if you've ever been charged excessive , you can use DoNotPay to successfully appeal them. You can use DoNotPay to fight hidden or excessive baggage fees from American Airlines and Spirit Airlines as well.
Although most commercial airlines reserve the right to charge baggage fees, many are willing to waive them for consumers who take the time to submit formal appeals. You may be able to have these fees waived retroactively if you believe that you were overcharged for your luggage based upon an incorrect weigh-in process, or if you upgraded your seat ahead of your flight but were still charged baggage fees according to economy-class seating. While many travelers simply pay these fees without question, they can add up fast. This is especially true if you travel often or if you're ever been penalized for luggage-related mistakes. With DoNotPay, getting airline baggage fees waived is easy and hassle-free.
United Airlines Baggage Fees Explained
Like most commercial airlines, United Airlines allows fliers to bring one carry-on item and one personal item onto the plane free of charge. However, if you have more luggage or gear that you're traveling with, these items must be checked before you board. United Airlines baggage fees are based upon your destination, the weight of your items, and the type of ticket that you booked. For instance, United Airlines international baggage fees will always be significantly higher than baggage fees for state-to-state flights within the U.S.
If you'll be using United Airlines to travel internationally, you'll find that vary based upon destination. For instance, for all general and non-member flights booked in economy cabins:
|Los Angeles to Lima, Peru||$45 (first bag), $100 (second bag)|
|Los Angeles to Guatemala||$35 (first bag), $100 (second bag)|
|New York to Tokyo, Japan||$0 (first bag), $100 (second bag)|
|New York to Phuket, Thailand||$0 (first bag), $0 (second bag)|
|Los Angeles to Athens Greece||$70 (first bag), $100 (second bag)|
You can use the United Airlines online baggage calculator to find out how much your checked luggage will cost using your flight details.
How to Avoid Baggage Fees When Traveling on United Airlines
United Airlines has very clear rules and restrictions concerning both checked baggage and carry-ons. Take the time to learn the weight limits for baggage for your flight before packing. It's also a good idea to have a clear understanding of what your baggage will cost according to your ticket type. Although Basic Economy fares are inexpensive, if you've got a lot of bags to check, your total spending can add up fast. With some Basic Economy fares, you'll have to pay for every bag you check, including your first bag.
Does United Airlines Have Hidden Baggage Fees?
United Airlines does not have hidden baggage fees. However, if you make the mistake of checking bags that are too heavy or too large, the additional charges for bringing these items along can be astronomical. Depending upon your flight and your bag weight and size, these additional fees for oversized bags can range from $100 to $400 each. Also, if your carry-on bag or personal item weighs more than the specified limits, you'll have to check these smaller items at the gate. When carry-ons and personal items are checked at the gate, a $25 gate handling fee is charged in addition to normal bag checking fees.
How to Appeal United Airlines Baggage Fees on Your Own
There are several ways to contact United Airlines Customer Service to appeal baggage fees on your own. You can:
- Call 1-800-864-8331 to submit a verbal appeal over the phone
- Visit the company's contact page on its official website and complete a support ticket
- Submit a written fee waiver request by mail to 233 S. Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60606
When drafting your request for a fee waiver, be sure to reference your flight number, the amount that you paid in baggage fees, and your reasons for appealing these charges.
Next Steps if You're Unsuccessful in Appealing United Airlines Baggage Fees on Your Own
Fighting United Airlines baggage fees on your own can be both frustrating and time-consuming. You may find it difficult to connect with a live person when calling in. When you do get a live operator, you might not get the response you're hoping for. Mailing and emailing fee waiver requests can mean waiting for days or even weeks to receive a reply. It always takes less time to have DoNotPay fight United Airlines baggage fees for you.
Here's how you can use DoNotPay to appeal fees:
- Search "appeal fees" on DoNotPay, choose the Fight and Waive Fees product, and select the type of fee you want to appeal.
- Select the merchant you want to appeal fees for and enter the details of your transaction, including an associated account if you have one.
- Submit your case! DoNotPay will generate the best argument for your case and make sure your fee waiver request gets sent to the merchant for processing.
Why Use DoNotPay to Appeal United Airlines Baggage Fees?
You shouldn't have to pay a veritable fortune in United Airlines baggage fees if your luggage didn't exceed the maximum weight, and didn't break any other rules. If you paid additional money to upgrade your seat or your ticket status at the last minute, you should receive all of the baggage discounts and other savings that your upgraded ticket entails. With DoNotPay, it's easy to hold companies accountable for having overly high fees and fees that aren't clearly stated or easy to understand. Getting baggage fees waived is always quick, easy, and successful when you use DoNotPay.
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