Charging for carry-ons? How to get around this and other airline expenses
First, it was the movies. Then, the headphones, the food and the drinks. Now, Frontier Airlines has announced it will begin charging passengers a $25 to $100 fee for carry-on bags.
Some other airlines, like Allegiant, already charge that fee.
It seems like air travel is getting ever more expensive, and with fewer amenities. Here are some fees you may be unnecessarily paying when you travel — and ways to get around them.
Beverage fee. This summer, Frontier announced it also plans to charge $1.99 for beverages, including soda. Instead, invest in a lasting water bottle that is airline-friendly, like the Water Bobble, with a built-in filter.
Empty it before you go through security and fill it up for free at a water fountain on the other side. Voila — unlimited free, filtered water. (And we all know water’s the healthiest thing to drink when you’re traveling, anyway.) Bobbles start at $8.99.
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Booking fees (or “direct ticketing” fee). Generally speaking, you can get the best deals on your tickets by booking online. Some airlines charge you a $25 booking fee to buy tickets over the phone — and even more if you wait to buy them at the airport.
Heavy luggage fees. Know the airline’s rules and obey them. Weigh your luggage at home before you leave. If you’re having trouble paring your possessions down to the allotted weight, invest in super lightweight luggage.
One of the lightest weight bags is the Skyway Ultra No-Weight, available at Overstock.com. It isn’t actually no weight, but it’s pretty gosh darn light. The larger bag weighs 9 pounds and the smaller only 6.8.
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Paper ticket fee. Although the going rate for a piece of paper is not quite $50, that’s what some airlines charge you if you want a paper ticket. Make sure you opt out.
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