Airlines are beginning to charge fees when you check in luggage. While many passengers are upset by this, others have found ways to deal with the fees. Here are three options:
1. You can try to avoid the fees by following the airline’s rules. Most airlines allow you to carry on one bag, so if you have a backpack or large purse, you may be able to put everything in that and avoid the checked luggage fees.
2. You can pay the fee and complain about it afterwards. This is an easy way to avoid feeling angry while checking in, but there is very little chance that you will get your money back because of any complaint you make.
3. You can share a checked bag with someone else who is traveling with you. This can save both of you some money and help you avoid paying for two bags if only one person needs them both.
In the past several years, airlines have added new fees for passengers checking bags. This is especially frustrating if you’re a loyal airline customer and feel that your business should be rewarded, not punished. It’s also frustrating if you’re a frequent traveler who doesn’t mind paying baggage fees, but can’t figure out why they keep changing.
Here are three tips to help you deal with checked luggage fees:
1) If you’ve been charged more than $25 per bag, consider switching airlines. The two biggest carriers in the U.S., American and Delta, charge up to $25 per bag on domestic flights; other airlines charge less.
2) If you fly frequently and want to avoid baggage fees altogether, check with your airline about its frequent flyer program. Many programs offer free or reduced-rate checked bags for loyal customers.
3) If you’re traveling overseas and need to keep costs down, consider traveling light with just a carry-on bag.
The first way to deal with checked luggage fees is not checking any bags at all. This is a good option if you can travel light. Most airlines allow at least one carry-on, and many let you bring an additional personal item such as a purse or laptop bag.
I fly Southwest regularly, which allows two free checked bags and two carry-ons. I usually have a large backpack, which counts as one of my free checked bags. On short trips, I’ll just bring my backpack and my laptop bag on board with me. If I’m going away for more than a few days, I’ll use the backpack as my main suitcase and throw a couple of shirts and some underwear in my laptop bag.
Another option for dealing with checked luggage fees is simply paying the fee. Sometimes it’s worth it for the convenience of having your clothes arrive at your destination when you do. One way to minimize this expense is to only check a bag if you’re traveling with someone else. Since many airlines charge per-bag instead of per-passenger, two people checking one bag will often save money over two people each checking their own bag.
Checked luggage fees are the bane of the modern traveler. While airlines have always been quick to charge for extra baggage, many now charge for your first bag as well. These fees have made it difficult for travelers to plan ahead and ensure that they don’t bring too much or too little on their trips. There are three main strategies you can use to deal with these new checked bag fees:
1. Use carry-on luggage only
2. Fly airlines with no checked luggage fees
3. Buy a premium ticket
If you travel infrequently, none of these options may make sense for you. But if you fly more than a couple of times per year, one of them could end up saving you hundreds of dollars in checked bag fees over time.
1. Take a carry-on suitcase.
There’s more to the pros and cons of taking a carry-on suitcase than meets the eye. Yes, we’ll all save money on the checked baggage fees if we take a carry-on bag instead however, you also have to consider how your choice of bag will affect your comfort level and convenience during travel. You’ll be in a good position to make an educated decision when you know what many seasoned travelers are saying about their own experiences with carry-on suitcases.
2. Pack lightly.
If you decide to forego the checked baggage fee by taking a carry-on suitcase, you’ll need to carefully weigh out “how much stuff” you can take with you on your trip. This can actually be challenging for seasoned travelers as well as newbies because it is easy to over pack or under pack for a trip. In any case, knowing what many seasoned travelers are saying about their experiences with packing light will help you get it right on your next trip.
3. Buy things when I get there (or not at all).
You might think that it makes sense to buy things when you arrive at your destination rather than lug around several pounds of stuff
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