10 Easy Tricks to Avoid Extra Airline Fees
Airlines thrive on extra fees. As they continue to tack on extra fees, travelers are forced to pay more unwanted expenses each time they visit the airport. In 2012, global airlines brought in $27 billion in non-ticket revenue, according to a Wall St. Journal report. Non-ticket revenue includes fees for extras, as well as sales of frequent-flier points, hotel rooms and rental cars, among oth-er things. As selling extras becomes more important to airlines’ bottom lines, fees will continue to increase. But, by being aware of what the fees are for, you can easily avoid being stuck with unnecessary costs. Follow these tips and say goodbye to hidden fees.
1. Avoid checked bags
On average, an airline will charge $25 for the first checked bag, and $35 to $40 for the second. The easiest solution is, of course, to minimize what you’re taking and only bring a carry-on. However, if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, are traveling within the U.S. and need additional luggage, ship your bags ahead of time using the U.S. Postal Service, Independent Traveler writes. It does take time and planning, but is also cheaper and tracks where your luggage is.