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How to Avoid Airline Baggage Fees

Watch more Tips for Flying videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to avoid airline baggage fees with these strategies. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Know the rules Know the airline's rules before you go. The penalty for 1 overweight or oversize bag is often higher than what you'd pay to check 2 smaller suitcases. Plus, you could be charged 2 separate penalties if a bag is both too heavy _and_ too big. Also, some airlines now charge a carry-on fee for luggage that doesn't fit under the seat in front of you. Tip Cheap luggage usually weighs less than expensive brands. Step 2: Make the hotel pay Avoid airline baggage fees by booking a hotel that will reimburse you for them. Many chains are doing just that to attract business. Step 3: Pack smart Pack smart: Sticking with 1 or 2 colors that mix and match and packing items that can be hand-washed may help you get away with just taking a carry-on. Tip Wear your heaviest, bulkiest clothes and shoes on the plane, and stuff items into the overhead compartment once you're aboard. Step 4: Consider overnight shipping Consider shipping luggage to your destination. It usually doesn't pay with just 1 bag, but it can be cheaper if you're traveling with more than 2 suitcases or taking bulky sports equipment since airline baggage fees jump steeply with a third bag. Just beware: Some hotels charge a fee for accepting shipped luggage and holding it until your arrival. Step 5: Show a little loyalty Sign up for frequent flyer programs if you're not participating already. Many carriers waive or reduce fees for members. Having an airline's credit card can help you avoid airline baggage fees, too. Did You Know? U.S. airlines made more than $3 billion in baggage fees in 2010.
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