WASHINGTON – A fee for this and a fee for that and suddenly your discount airline ticket doesn’t look like much of a bargain.
Last year, airlines hauled in more than $27 billion in fees, according to The Week magazine.
Most carriers are now charging to check a bag, so travelers should consider carrying on everything. Maybe in the past there have been difficulties fitting everything in the carry-on.
The Week offers the following recommendations to help reduce fees when flying.
Use a carry-on without wheels because the wheel-frame can take up to 40 percent of the bag’s volume.
Before you book a flight, consider the value of free checked bags. If you must check two bags, that could cost around $60. So look for an airline flying to your destination that doesn’t charge baggage fees. Kayak has an airline fees chart to compare carriers.
Weigh your bag before leaving for the airport for an international flight so you aren’t charged for an overweight bag.
Do not pay to board early. If you’re concerned about bin space, picking a window seat near the back of the cabin will usually get you on board ahead of others.
If you’re buying your ticket online, avoid checking the insurance box. Your credit card or AAA membership may have you covered at no extra charge.
Don’t buy on-board WiFi. The service can be spotty in-flight. Send your emails before you take off.