I recently purchased a new Tumi Extended Trip Packing Case for my upcoming trip to Europe, and was surprised to find that my airline - United -- has a policy limiting checked luggage to 62 linear inches (outside length + width + height) before tacking on a $200 oversized luggage charge. Unfortunately, my new suitcase comes in at a hair over 65 linear inches. I'm assuming I'd be hit with the $200 charge on my way to Europe AND back, so I'd rather buy a new bag before paying the $400 total oversized charge.
Has anyone had any successful/failure in getting past the oversized luggage charges with similarly-sized bags? Is United fairly strict when it comes to size restrictions?