Second Checked Bag No Longer Free in Transpacific Flights in Economy Class on All Nippon Airways and United Airlines

If you arrive at this counter in Fukuoka to check a second bag and you are assigned a seat in the economy class cabin on All Nippon Airways, be prepared to pay a fee of $100.00 for that bag. Photograph by FlyerTalk member nizolidas. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by nizolidas.

All Nippon Airways has reportedly sent a notice to its customers via e-mail message that the baggage allowance for economy class passengers will be reduced on international flights effective as of June 1, 2013, supposedly becoming the first commercial airline based in Asia to do so.
The first piece of checked luggage for passengers assigned to seats in the economy class cabin will still be included free of charge. However, the second checked bag — currently also included free of charge — will now cost $100.00; while each additional checked bag will cost $200.00 apiece.
That $100.00 fee will match the fee effective as of June 1, 2013 for passengers assigned to seats in the economy class cabin who check a second piece of luggage on transpacific flights operated by United Airlines, which currently does not charge any extra for that second checked bag.
A campaign during which you get to check that second bag at no additional charge if you check in online for an international flight operated by All Nippon Airways from June 1, 2013 through the end of September — combined with several weeks of advanced notice from the original announcement — at least gives passengers assigned to seats in the economy class cabin time to prepare for the reduced allowance for checked bags. However, this campaign does not apply to you if you have a connecting flight which is not operated by All Nippon Airways.
Additionally — as the result of a purported claim by All Nippon Airways to “harmonize” with joint-venture partner airlines such as Lufthansa and United Airlines — the total dimensions of each piece of luggage for all classes of service cannot exceed 158 centimeters or 62 inches. These dimensions have reportedly been reduced from the former maximum limit of 208 centimeters or 81 inches.
FlyerTalk members cite this new policy by All Nippon Airways as being “not cool”, hoping that other carriers based in Asia do not follow suit.
I would say not to count on that. Airlines are businesses. If they can figure out a way to increase revenue without suffering a significant loss of customers, they will do so…

3 thoughts on “Second Checked Bag No Longer Free in Transpacific Flights in Economy Class on All Nippon Airways and United Airlines”

  1. BalbC says:

    Just to clarify, it’s from tickets issued after 1st July and the old allowance applies to tickets already in place, so the syatem is going to get more confusing for agents before it get simpler.
    LH also introduces same change from same date (an increase for Y pax to Japan), so all three carriers will have exactly teh same allowance and similar fees. As an attempt harmonisation, ANA seem to have been forced into it and are keen to maintain their old limits where possible, hence the campaign that I would may be extended if successful. This harmonisation doesn’t apply to cabin baggage though (UA still has a more generous limit), so not sure I buy the argument that this makes things easier for connecting flights at outstations to know the correct limit. Frequent flyers are hit hardest – *G previously got 3 x 32kg in Y, now only 2 x 23kg.
    ANA are also now the only 5star SKYTRAX airline to only offer 1 free checked bag on all flights; along with their reducing food options, maybe ANA won’t remain in this ranking for long.

  2. Brian Cohen says:

    I appreciate you taking the time to post the clarification, BalbC. Thank you.

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