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Yeah, it's my birthday soon.  A $5 (or more...much more!)  gift card/certificate on Qantas, Delta or American would be appreciated.  Or $1,000 for Bedroom Expressions.  I need furniture, unless I move to Japan.  Then I need a chiropractor.

Yes, for those of you who know me, I've dropped BA.  The new "easier" baggage policy has me pissed off.  Don't fly British Airways when you can avoid it.  From Denver go United via Frankfort or Delta via Atlanta (they have great buffets and massage chairs in their lounge!!!).  BA is charging over $200 per bag over one checked piece of luggage...who goes trans-continental with only one checked bag?

Granted, I shipped mine, but I was over there for 10 months, but for the average two-week to four-week US tourist, do you think one bag is really adequate?  (Yes, it should be, but that's another discussion.)  How did BA do it before and survive?  And how do they think that most of their passengers are going to react to such an increase?  US airlines are learning the trans-continental game, and will be rivaling BA and Lufthansa and others in international quality - can BA really afford to be perceived as a discount airline by charging "extras" like People's Express or Spirit while charging full-service prices?

London is expensive.  BA is unfriendly to passengers' wallets (and their flight attendants LOVE to remind you of how much more authority they have than you).  Find a new way to connect to Madrid, Rome, Paris, Moscow, or other places.  Otherwise, fly United and BMI.  Just as a birthday gift to me.

I'm sorry to see BA go the way of the cheap and pathetic.  But I'd still accept a birthday gift certificate on BA, too.

I have no shame.

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bradferd23
Feb. 14th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
We noted that the other night. And frankly, we go over with one bag. Coming back is the problem. Because Nick can only find stuff that we can get here in the states, we load up two other bags. So, we come back with two bags each. (last time, we had a third as I got a bit over zealous with the food items... just can't get them here... :) ) Using BA's policies, we would be looking at another ticketed passenger. Tis a shame really.
zpaul
Feb. 15th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
When I was traveling for months at a time, one bag was simply not an option. While when I travel for personal reasons I can easily keep myself to one bag, going overseas for work, including taking a laptop, printer, US-standard 8.5" x 11" paper (heavy!), reference materials, full formal business clothing plus casual clothes and shoes, and some nice things to make living in hotels for up to seven months tolerable requires considerably more than one bag. My company would provide assistance for luggage overage fees, but BA's fees of over $200 per bag will make them reconsider contracting with them, I am sure.

I suppose that the vast majority of international travelers are tourists, but for those of us who work internationally for large lengths of time, BA has told us, effectively, that they don't want our business. Domestic and short-haul flights are one thing, but long-haul is another. I truly enjoyed my time with BA, especially sitting backwards, but I am not so loyal that I will bankrupt myself to stick with them.

Hopefully, in my lifetime, there will be a return to the high standards of ethics and service that the industry, and its players, once embodied.
mechecub
Feb. 14th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
That really reminds me of how Air Canada is trying to attract fliers by offering reduced fares if you don't check baggage at all, there by giving them more cargo room. Sorta backwards, unless you think about it that they are charging you to check just one bag, guess thats why Tim and I are flying Jet Blue next month for our trip to BC. Hugs
zpaul
Feb. 15th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
But isn't the "discount" only five Canadian dollars? How much is their overage charge?

JetBlue flies between Canadian cities now? Or are you connecting?
e_falki
Feb. 14th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
Happy upcoming birthday!

And yikes about BA's policy; haven't flown on them yet, but now I'm much less inclined too. Lufthansa is definitely good, and I've also had nice overseas flights on KLM/Northwest.
zpaul
Feb. 15th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've never flown Northwest/KLM, but I have to admit that I have truly...adored (yes, that much)...Delta's BusinessElite service. And it's only getting better. But that's international. Not a fan of domestic Delta.

United has begun to impress me again, and I enjoy AA except for the grotesque fare they sell to you and call "food." Of course, as a good Denver boy I'm supposed to love Frontier, which I do in general, but I like to stick with the airlines with international and upgrade bennies. I'm a travel snob.
e_falki
Feb. 15th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I'm a total travel snob as well, so I definitely hear you on what you're saying here. I definitely agree about Delta domestic; haven't yet flown Delta internationally, but I also know that inernational service isn't always the same as domestic on a same airline.

I had flown on United on my visit to Sweden and Germany this past May, and they were indeed pretty good. I also like Frontier; but as you say, they definitely lack the international updgrade bennies.
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