Continental Airlines today announced changes to its checked baggage policy for customers travelling between Europe and the United States, including U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Customers who purchase certain economy class tickets for travel on or after the effective date will be able to check one bag for free and will pay $50 for a second checked bag. Customers checking in and pre-paying for bags at continental.com receive a $5 discount.
The new policy takes effect immediately for tickets purchased Aug. 27, 2009 for travel on or after Sept. 15, 2009. The changes apply to transatlantic travellers on all flights operated by Continental Airlines between the United States and Europe.
The service fee will not apply to EliteAccess customers, including those seated in First or BusinessFirst, OnePass Elite and SkyTeam Elite members, customers travelling on full-fare economy (Y) class tickets, Continental Airlines Presidential Plus primary card members or military personnel and their families traveling on official orders.
Checked bags must meet weight and size restrictions or will be subject to additional fees. Continental’s policy for carry-on baggage remains unchanged.