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How to avoid airline baggage fees

By Edited Sep 10, 2016 0 0

Most airlines have started charging extra if you choose to check a bag, as opposed to bringing it onboard the aircraft. This can be viewed as a positive change, as your base price of your airline ticket is actually slightly less, and if you now choose to check a bag, you will need to pay for the extra service (similar to in flight meals). Many times, the convenience or necessity of checking a bag is well worth the added cost, however the purpose of this article is to show you how to unwanted additional baggage fees.

KEEP YOUR CHECKED BAG UNDER 50 POUNDS:

This is the cutoff for the category of a "heavy bag" in airline terms. Most airlines will charge you an extra fee. Any bag that is checked is first placed on a scale. If it weighs over 50 pounds, they will charge you the extra fee. One way to bring more with you is to distribute evenly the weight between each of your checked bags, to keep each individual bag under 50 pounds. Or, put some of the items in your carryon bag, to bring the weight of the checked bag down.

BRING A 22 INCH CARRYON BAG:

This is the largest carry on size the airlines will allow onboard the aircraft. Anything larger than this must be checked, so you can take advantage of this to try to fit all of your items in the 22 inch bag. This size will fit in the overhead compartments of all major airlines' spaces, however some regional jets may require you to gate check your bag (at no charge).

UTILIZE THE "PERSONAL ITEM" RULE:

In addition to the one carryon that is allowed onboard, you may bring one "personal item", such as a purse, briefcase, computer, or a reasonable amount of reading material. Since these items are in addition to the carryon, you can actually bring two items onboard with you. Not to worry, your jacket is not considered a carryon item.

PACK YOUR CARRY ON BAG STRATEGICALLY:

In order to fit all your belongings in your carry on bag, you may need to pack it tightly. This includes placing small items inside your shoes, and rolling some of your clothes to make everything fit inside your bag. Make sure that you are not packing your items into the outer pockets, as your bag may not fit into the overhead spaces if you pack these outer compartments with anything bulky.

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