VictoriaF wrote:I have a burning question:
I have been reading that United now does not allow those with Basic Economy tickets to bring full-sized bags aboard. To be clear, I am specifically inquiring about bags that comply with the airline carry-on size requirements, not the behemoths some people try to sneak in.
I have a United Explorer card by Chase, and I continue paying its annual fees in order:
1) to board earlier than other Economy passengers
2) to be eligible for a free checked-in bag, if I decide to check a bag in.
From reading travel blogs, it appears that according to the recent United policies:
1) boarding earlier would not help me with carrying a compliant full-size carry-on bag
2) I would have to pay for a checked-in bag, unless I pay for the tickets (or taxes on reward tickets) with the United Explorer card.
Item (2) poses a dilemma:
Should I pay for the United tickets (or taxes) with the United Explorer or with the Chase Sapphire Preferred?
United Explorer would save me luggage fees, something like $40 per trip.
CSP would provide me with travel insurance, which could be worthless or high value.
Do you have any recommendations other than buying tickets above Basic Economy?
I don't have a complete answer, but do note that paying ANYTHING on the United Explorer card, including fees, gets you the free bag. I uses United Miles to get a ticket, but some amount had to paid ($12???). Using the Explorer card for that get me the free bag. Mind you, I dropped my Explorer card yesterday rather than pay the fee, as I don't plan on using United for the next year...