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Outrageous! Airlines Now Charging Ridiculous Fees for Checked Bags: 7 Sneaky Hacks to Save Money


Major airlines raised fees for checked bags. Here are 7 ways to cut costs


Several major airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and United Airlines, have raised their fees for checked baggage this year.

These fees generally range from $35 to $45 for a first checked bag.

To avoid or reduce these fees, travelers can: * Consider airlines that still offer free checked bags, such as Southwest Airlines.

* Combine luggage with travel partners to potentially cut fees in half.

* Utilize space within car seat carriers for small children.

* Pack light and carry only a personal item or carry-on bag if permitted.

* Declare additional bags early during online booking, as it’s often cheaper than waiting to do it at the airport.

* Purchase luggage scales to avoid unexpected fees from exceeding weight limits.

* Consider using credit cards or joining loyalty programs that offer free checked baggage perks.

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    “There are a few airlines that still don’t charge for a checked bag.”

    “The carrier allows two free checked bags.”

    “These carriers may have certain restrictions, including for luggage size and weight.”


    “Travelers who checked a bag on each leg of a round-trip itinerary could add an extra $60 to $70 to the total cost of their basic fare.”

    “Passengers paid about $6.8 billion in total baggage fees in 2022, the last full year for which data is available, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.”

    “That’s up 17% from roughly $5.8 billion in 2019, even though fewer passengers flew on U.S. carriers in 2022”

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