Using Chase United Mileage Plus card

Old Jun 1, 19, 3:37 pm
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Using Chase United Mileage Plus card

My wife and grands and daughter are on their way to the Bahamas.

They flew SFO to Baltimore and those plane tickets were purchased by daughter with what card I dont know. Turns out you cant take any luggage on board, they were told, so had to check many bags, if she had used the United Mileage Plus card today to pay for the luggage would she have saved (we are not premier or plat members) in that she did NOT use that card to purchase the actual tickets? General member, is that a thing, that is what it says we are.

And if we had used this card to book the tickets, would the free luggage thing apply ONLY to her as she is the only member of the group?
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Old Jun 1, 19, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by randys1 View Post
.... so had to check many bags, if she had used the United Mileage Plus card today to pay for the luggage would she have saved (we are not premier or plat members) in that she did NOT use that card to purchase the actual tickets? General member, is that a thing, that is what it says we are. ...
Status does not matter and only some of the Chase MP cards get a bag waiver

Explorer Card -- for the primary cardholder and one companion on the same PNR, get 1 bag each
Club Card or Presidential Plus Card -- for the primary cardholder and one companion on the same PNR, get 2 bags each

Free checked bags for eligible United Chase Cardmembers

Paying the bag fees with an eligible card would have not waived the fees- too late.
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Old Jun 1, 19, 3:54 pm
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By your description, your daughter purchased Basic Economy tickets. At multiple points during the purchase process, UA warns you about bag limitations and potential charges (and the buyer has to acknowledge before continuing). It’s beneficial to figure out bag charges before purchasing BE fares. Sometimes the fare difference doesn’t make up for having to check the extra bag that could have been carried on. Baltimore has a heavy Southwest presence, so the BE fate might have been quite good.
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Old Jun 1, 19, 3:59 pm
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I'd also bet the flights booked were in Basic Economy, so a double whammy. (no carry ons as well).
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Old Jun 1, 19, 4:03 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Status does not matter and only some of the Chase MP cards get a bag waiver

Explorer Card -- for the primary cardholder and one companion on the same PNR, get 1 bag each
Club Card or Presidential Plus Card -- for the primary cardholder and one companion on the same PNR, get 2 bags each

Free checked bags for eligible United Chase Cardmembers

Paying the bag fees with an eligible card would have not waived the fees- too late.
Thanks, so you have to use the Explorer card which is what we have to buy the plane fare tickets, thought so. My daughter kept bugging me constantly not wanting to pay baggage fees and surely as members we get free etc, no I told her.

When did this no luggage allowed carried on board stuff start, the small bags you would put over your head?
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Old Jun 1, 19, 4:15 pm
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When did this no luggage allowed carried on board stuff start, the small bags you would put over your head?
Whey they started selling Basic Economy. If you ask United, they will tell you it was because of "significant customer demand".

Basically (pun intended), you get what you pay for.
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Old Jun 1, 19, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by randys1 View Post
.... When did this no luggage allowed carried on board stuff start, the small bags you would put over your head?
This the Basic Economy fare the other posters are referring to -- been around for over a year. If purchased on united.com, you get multiple warnings. Other online purchasing websites, things are not as clear but there are warnings -- no full size carry allowed for the BE (Basic Economy) fares. the other major carriers AA & DL offer the same types of fares as do some discount budget airlines. Southwest does not offer BE at the moment.

BE fares can make sense for some but one needs to add the extra bag fees, if any, into the total prices or have a credit card offering checked bag fee waiver.
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