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How to Save Money on Airline Baggage Fees

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

While airlines have always charged luggage fees, they used to be less expensive than most people expected them to be. Now they're prohibitively expensive for ma

Travel light

Traveling with a light load can save you money on baggage fees. With this in mind, here are some tips to help you pack as efficiently as possible:

Pack smart. When it comes to the types of clothing items you bring along, think about what will be useful during your trip and whether they're worth lugging around or not. For example, if you're going somewhere where it's cold at night but hot during the day, it may make more sense for you to bring long sleeves than short sleeves—and vice versa for places that are hot at night but cold during the day.

Be careful about overpacking electronics (laptop/tablet). If there's room in your bag for another device; go ahead! But if there isn't room—and especially if you don't need two laptops or two tablets (or even one laptop and one tablet), leave one behind so that way there's more space available for clothes and other essentials like toothbrushes and other toiletries like shampoo/conditioner which should also fit into any carry-on bags since liquids aren't counted against their maximum size limit either way unless they contain alcohol

Consider alternate airlines

If you’re flying on a U.S. airline, it’s likely you know what to expect when it comes to baggage fees. The sky high prices that can add hundreds of dollars to an already expensive flight is enough to make your wallet weep and your heart sink with despair.

That’s not to say all airlines are bad news for passengers who have the misfortune of checking their bag. There are still some options out there that won’t leave you bankrupting yourself with one trip alone—they just require a bit more research than usual before booking your ticket.

Here are some tips for finding the best airline for baggage fees:

Consider alternate airlines like Southwest or Spirit Airlines if you don't mind giving up other comforts (like leg room). These two popular budget carriers operate mostly within America, but they allow passengers one free checked item per person each way..

Consider alternate airports

If you're flying a budget airline, you can save money by considering alternate airports. For example, if your destination is in Europe, consider flying out of the UK instead of France. Doing so could enable you to pay less baggage fees because there's less traffic at these airports and they have lower fees than their more popular counterparts.

You should also look into other nearby airports that have more frequent service and direct flights to your destination as well as a greater number of parking spaces available for drivers who are dropping off passengers at the airport.

Pack smart

The first step is to pack smartly. We've already covered how to pack light, so let's take a look at how you can pack smartly as well.

Use a compression sack: This is an airtight bag that compresses your clothes and reduces the amount of space they take up in your suitcase.

Choose a suitcase with wheels and a handle: These are great for saving your back while traveling, especially if you're carrying heavy bags or have limited mobility.

Buy a new suitcase: If you're not happy with the one you have, buy a new one! It'll be good practice for when it comes time to take more trips!

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Use duffel bags instead of suitcases: Duffels offer many benefits over suitcases such as being easier to carry around airports (not having wheels), being cheaper than suitcases (due largely in part due to their durability), allowing users more flexibility when choosing what size bag they want since most come in multiple sizes (such as small/medium/large), etc...

Track your bags

If you're not a frequent traveler, it's likely that in addition to the cost of your flight, you'll also have to pay extra baggage fees. These can be as much as $50 per bag. To avoid this cost, consider using a luggage tracking device or service that allows you to track your bag on its journey so that if it gets lost or damaged, you don't have any surprises at the airport.


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Know the rules (and exceptions)

There are a few different rules and exceptions when it comes to baggage fees. Some airlines allow you to check bags for free, some charge a fee for overweight bags, and some allow you to check bags for free if you buy a ticket. It's important to be aware of these rules before booking a flight because they can add up quickly.

If the airline allows you to check bags at no charge:

You will have to pay an overweight bag fee if your bag weighs more than 50 pounds (23 kilos).

Baggage fees can be annoying, but if you're strategic about your packing and research, you can save money on them.

If you can pack light, or if you're traveling with someone who can collect your items and check them at the airport on your behalf, then you'll avoid additional baggage fees. This is a good tip for anyone who wants to save money on airline baggage fees! While it's often difficult for business travelers to do this, if you're an individual traveler with several flights booked over the course of several weeks or months—and especially if those flights include flights from different airlines—it might be worth considering.

If you have flexibility in where and when you leave from, consider looking into alternate airports in your area. Some airports are only used by certain carriers; others may have lower fares than larger ones nearby. As long as the flight times aren't too different (and they probably won't be), this gives travelers another option when planning out their trips—and could potentially lead to saving some money on airline baggage fees overall!


If you’re looking for a way to save money on airline baggage fees, consider these tips. It may take some time and effort to figure out what works best for you, but it’s worth the effort!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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