UNITED: FEE COMING FOR OVERHEAD BINS
The overhead bin, described by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer as “one of the last sacred conveniences of air travel,” won’t be free to some United Airlines customers in 2017.
As part of the company’s new pricing tier, Basic Economy, passengers who purchase the airline’s cheapest fares will be allowed only one personal item — and it must fit under a seat.
The company expects such fare initiatives to add $1 billion to its annual operating income by 2020, as more customers pay to check luggage or select higher fares for two carry-on bags.
This is all for the benefit of passengers, United’s president Scott Kirby told Reuters. Surveys indicated travelers and employees do not like scrambling to store bags in the limited overhead bins.
The purpose of the new fare structure is to create more options for customers. The new fares will be comparable to fares the airline now charges for economy cabin.
United’s new pricing tier will include paying to use overhead bins.