United has just announced a program where you can pay $250 to have their normal checked baggage fees waived for a year. The plan covers 2 bags per passenger, up to 8 passengers “traveling under the same confirmation number.” Current fees are $20 for the first bag and $30 for the second, so if you travel solo a lot and always carry two bags you’ll have to make six trips before you enjoy any savings.
On the other hand, if you’ve got a big family trip planned in the next year, this may be a way to shave a little off the fee gouging. But only a little.
When you purchase the Premier Baggage option, your annual subscription will be associated with your Mileage Plus® account. Simply provide your Mileage Plus number each time you make a United reservation, and you’ll automatically receive your Premier Baggage benefits.
Premier Baggage can also be purchased for a friend or family member. It makes a great gift for any frequent flyer.
*The purchase of a Premier Baggage annual subscription does not waive fees that would ordinarily be assessed for oversized and overweight bags and does not cover the cost of checking more than two standard bags.