Simple Ways to Avoid Airline Baggage Fees

Airline baggage fees are getting outrageous. So much so that you have to figure them into your budget when you plan a trip. For many of us, we just suck it up and pay the bill. However, it does not have to be that way. There are quite a few different approaches you can take so that you do not have to pay for those airline baggage fees. Here are a few options:

Use a Carry-On

Currently, the most obvious way to avoid baggage fees is to eliminate the need to check your bags at all. If you are only going on a trip for a few days, you can pack everything you will need in your carry-on bag. This will ensure that you have everything with you, your baggage will not be misplaced, and you will never want for anything on the plane ride.  (However, check before you travel as some airlines are starting to charge for carry-on fees. If your airlines is one of them, weigh the pros and cons between checked and carry-on.)

Pack Light

Even if you do have to check your bags, consider going lighter. If your bags are over a certain weight or size, you can expect to pay even more. Sometimes, it might even be smarter to use two bags over one that is severely oversized. Make sure to read up on the rates to determine what is best.

Book First or Business Class

By booking in either first class or business class, you can skip the need to check your baggage. You will be able to use a bigger bag in some cases, and in others you get more freedom with checking your baggage. Sometimes you will get a free bag or specialty boarding so that you can ensure your bags come to you first.

Loyalty Programs

Whether you go through a credit card or other means, many loyalty programs have a perk where you do not have to pay for your checked bag. This is a simple way to save yourself some money. In order to get into the program, you can either sign up for a specific program through the airline, or even better, sign up for a loyalty credit card. This will enable you to earn miles using your card as well as save some time and money with their perks. You can upgrade your seats so that you can get some of the other perks as well.

There are a few different ways to game the system, but you have to be creative. No matter what you choose, it’s a win-win situation. What are some of your favorite tips to avoid airline baggage fees?