October 30, 2008
United Offers New Baggage Shipping Option
A partnership with U.S. shipping service FedEx Corp. could generate more than $1 billion for United Airlines in 2009, an airline executive said.
For a fee of $149 for one-way flights less than 1,000 miles and $179 for longer flights, passengers can have extra luggage, golf clubs, and other bulky items shipped their destination -- right to the door -- the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.
United's take is small -- 1 percent. But, it could add up over the course of a year.
And it has a psychological benefit, said Henry Harteveldt, an airline analyst. "That $149 makes a $50 fee for a passenger's second checked bag look cheap," he said.