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United Airlines Guts Baggage Allowance for Star Gold

United Airlines guts
Written by Charlie

It can be said that I am severely ticked with a new United “enhancement” – I hope that is not what they are calling it! I went to check some last minute baggage allowances for a trip I was planning to book later today. United’s baggage change that is in effect today is ridiculous!

Let me back up – as a Star Alliance Gold member, flyers in economy on United are allowed three bags up to 70lbs each on travel to Europe. That is a great perk but one that most flyers do not have to use often. However, when a traveler needs that allowance, it is good to have. My family came to Europe this summer for over a year long trip and we needed that allowance!

United Airlines Guts

This is the baggage policy until today

United Airlines guts

This is the new baggage allowance


Fast forward to changes made today – for tickets ticketed from today on, that baggage allowance is cut to 2 bags at 50lbs eachThat is a loss of 110lbs of allowed luggage or a 53% cut to what I am allowed to check for luggage. To make it even worse, their annoucement of this change does not point to a single page but tells you to review all relevant baggage pages.

 Since the trip I was about to book was mainly for filling the bags to the limit for some things, I am really upset by this. Does this effect any one else in your travel plans?

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

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