As most travelers know, the fare ticket is not the only cost associated with flying. Baggage fees are an important cost to factor in when planning your traveling budget. With the exception of Southwest Airlines, most airlines charge you for baggage. Forbes stated that in 2017, US airlines raked in a record-breaking $4.5 billion in baggage fees. In fact, in the past couple of months, multiple airlines have been raising their baggage fees. The most recent airlines to join the club have been Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines.
With this in mind, there are many ways you can get around paying these fees or maximizing your space in your luggage to cut down on baggage costs. Before splurging on your checked bags, try these helpful tips:
- Try buying an upgraded seat, usually premium seats come with a free checked bag.
- Be loyal to an airline, frequent flyer programs can offer free baggage or other perks to loyal customers.
- Use a credit card affiliated with airline rewards. Just like the frequent flyer programs, some airlines will reward you if you have their affiliated credit card.
- Maximize storage space in your carry-on with packing squares. Just remember to keep in mind the luggage weight limit!
- Book busier flights that will likely check your baggage at the gate for FREE!