Not flying United again

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by shellz, Aug 15, 2010.

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  1. shellz

    shellz Parent

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    I took our son to the airport last night for his return flight to CGA. I wonder if anyone else has had this happen with United...United agent told son that they do not consider Coast Guard eligible for no charge baggage. The very uninformed check in agent said CG is not military....:confused: Son showed her his active duty military ID, and she looked perplexed. Conferred with multiple other agents, all of whom agreed that CG does not receive the same benefits as the other service branches. Finally, a manager made an exception for son. Our son has never paid for baggage on any other airline, so we assumed all carriers honored ALL service branches with their no charge for baggage.

    Needless to say we are calling United to let them know that our business would be going to one of their competitors in the future.
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Next time cite 14USC1. Which airport is this?
     
  3. shellz

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    LAX....big surprise, huh? Do not like that airport.
     
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    Son just informed me that Delta lets active duty military traveling on orders, (including CGA cadets) use their airport lounges, gratis. Maybe it's time to switch airlines....:rolleyes:
     
  5. shellz

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    Nice. We've always liked Delta. However, we generally book with the lowest fare possible...not brand loyal. BUT....no more United for us. Even if it saves a few bucks. :wink:
     
  6. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    Including leave orders?
     
  7. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Delta has not charged DS luggage fees when he can show them his orders.
    We thought being Active Duty was enough to not pay the fees (since he is not always traveling on orders), but no, you have to produce orders.
    If you have a Delta SkyMiles card - your 1st bag is free (up to 9 people on the same reservation).
    Every little bit helps!
     
  9. scoutpilot

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    Leave paperwork is not "orders," they're a permissive document. Orders are for duty.

    Personally, I don't think cadet status warrants that sort of treatment. But that's just me.
     
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    I think this is one of the few post that has me fuming mad :unhappy: :unhappy:. Un-stinking-believable! Does The Department of Homeland Security ring a bell with anyone anymore, or has that department been dissolved "officially"! So sorry ya'll had to go through that--completely "off the hook" WRONG.
     
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    LITS,

    What is this and where can I read a copy? -officer
     
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    It probably does ring a bell, which is why she didn't think CG is part of the military.
     
  13. scoutpilot

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    That would be Title 14, U.S. Code (Revised), Section 1. It provides for the establishment of a Coast Guard for the United States.

    Here's the easiest way to find it. :wink: :yllol:
     
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    14USC1

    Ir refers to the United States Code -- Just put 14usc1 in the Google search and it will deliver exactly the information you want.
     
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    US CODE - TITLE 14 > PART I > CHAPTER 1 > § 1

    § 1. Establishment of Coast Guard

    The Coast Guard as established January 28, 1915, shall be a military service and a branch of the armed forces of the United States at all times. The Coast Guard shall be a service in the Department of Homeland Security, except when operating as a service in the Navy.​

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode14/usc_sec_14_00000001----000-.html
     
  16. shellz

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    Ok...so let me get this straight...Active Duty ID is not enough? Geez. For Southwest, JetBlue, Continental and Airtran (I believe...) it's been more than enough. I guess we have our short list of carriers. :biggrin:
     
  17. scoutpilot

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    Is it really that big of a deal to pay for a bag like other travelers? It's not a right to have your bags flown free. If you hate paying that much, your first two checked bags are always free on Southwest.
     
  18. shellz

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    I would disagree with your last statement, but that's just a personal stance...My beef with United was the fact that a cadet at USNA, USMA, or USAFA (you know, the "real" academies...:wink:) would have been offered the no charge luggage perk. Because they are "military".
     
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    If you offer it to USNA, USAFA, and USMA, then why not USCGA? Makes no sense now does it? Of course an airline can do as they please, but when you make policy, and offer free bags to military, then you need to honor that policy.
     
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    Would you demand the ROTC cadets have their bags flown free? Or is that luxury for only SA cadets? After all, they are "active duty"...not that it means anything in terms of service to the nation.
     
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