Some people love to travel light. Others need to carry the world around with them when they travel. And there’s no right answer to this question – I’m both.
It seems United Airlines has listened to its customers who carry baggage, and as of 8th January – is making the first two checked bags free when flying with them between North America and China/Hong Kong.
This is amendment of their current policy, which allows two bags from China, but one bag from North America.
Whilst two bags are now free of charge, bags that are overweight and outsized will be charged as they are currently. Elite frequent flyer benefits apply as normal in regards to baggage allowances.
On the increase of baggage allowance – Marcel Fuchs – United’s Vice President for Atlantic and Pacific Sales states:
“We are responding to valuable feedback from customers who are seeking added benefits when they travel to China and Hong Kong, particularly for leisure purposes,”
“By allowing a second checked bag at no additional fee, we aim to make the overall experience of traveling to China and Hong Kong easier for our customers.”
Currently, United Airlines serve Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hong Kong in the area. The airline has pulled back from some secondary destinations in the region.
Whilst this won’t be of too much concern for the business traveller, the leisure and sometimes traveller will appreciate the extra luggage allowance – especially in the run up to Chinese New Year
And considering how hectic travel can be over the Chinese New Year Holiday, anything that makes travel easier must be welcomed.
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