Remember when things used to be simpler? Texting didn’t exist yet, boy bands were cool, and checked baggage fees weren’t a thing.
Airlines already charge you fees for in-flight pillows, seat selection and blankets, so don't let a checked bag be one more thing that costs you.
In 2008 American Airlines became the first carrier to charge passengers to check their bags on flights. Other airlines quickly followed suit and soon after Spirit, Frontier, and United Airlines even began charging for your carry-on luggage. Americans spent an astonishing $7.1 billion in checked baggage fees in 2016.
Now it seems like the only thing you can bring on your flight for free is your emotional baggage.
Thankfully, we’ve compiled this helpful list of tips and tricks for dipping, ducking, and dodging those pesky checked baggage fees and keeping your flights budget-friendly. And, as always, be sure to check in with Dealspotr regularly to find tons of discounts on airfare and travel.
Here’s what you’ll get in this guide:
Here we’ll discuss a handful of strategies that you can apply with any airline to avoid checked baggage fees.
The first thing you want to think about is the luggage itself. Check out these tips for getting your baggage in shape to avoid fees:
It’s not exactly the ideal solution; we know you want to have your cake and eat it too. But, having less luggage means spending less cash on fees (and less stuff for you to drag around everywhere). Do a little folding magic, snag some travel-size toiletries, and please, for the love of everything holy, leave that Hawaiian shirt at home.