I read an article once on the Delta website about why
they chose to instantiate a fee for checked baggage. It wasn’t that they wanted more money…
no! It was so they could cope with the
increase in insurance premiums they have to pay to cover the poor ticketing
agents who have to lift and move so many heavy suitcases every day.
I thought it was a load of crap, myself. After all, SkyTeam Elite fliers don’t have to
pay the fee, so my logic was, “If I’m a Platinum flier and you throw your back
out on my 100lb bag, how is that different than if I’m a regular flier and you
throw your back out on my 50lb bag?” The
Platinum fliers don’t pay, but your employees still require insurance… how does
that work, exactly?
Today, Delta announced that beginning June 1st,
will waive the fee on the first checked bag of anyone traveling with a
Delta/American Express card holder. That’s
pretty incredible, you don’t even have to book your ticket with the card. In fact, you don’t even have to have the card
at all! Just travel with someone who can
flash it out of their wallet, apparently!
A family of four could save $200 round trip on bag fees. The annual fee for the card is anywhere from
$95 to $150 dollars, so you could easily offset that cost, and more.
I’ve written about this before, if you had a Northwest
Airlines Visa card and you earned miles with NWA whenever you used it, it’s
time to seriously consider switching to Delta’s AMX card. You can carry a balance (like Visa), and
right now the incentives (20,000 bonus miles) are well worth the effort to make
the switch. Besides, your old NWA Visa
can’t earn you any usable miles anymore, so why carry it at all?
I can’t help but wonder, if all of Delta’s travelers
carried that AMX card… would AMX pay for the insurance premiums for their
ticketing agents? That excuse is so lost
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