With the relatively high prices for flights, it’s important to keep an eye on the extra charges tacked on by the airlines. In the last few years, the cost of air travel has risen significantly and airlines have begun adding fees for everything from checked luggage to blankets and pillows to a can of soda.
Of course, thrifty travelers are taking matters into their own hands: bringing their own blanket and airline pillow, snagging sodas and snacks in the airline terminal (thanks to a significant improvement in the availability of tasty and healthy airport food), and packing their bags with impressive skill to avoid the checked luggage fees entirely.
In fact, we ran across this video that demonstrates excellent packing abilities!
Knowing what you’ll pay for your airline travel – not just at the ticket counter, but all the way to your destination – is important. So we’ve put together the Airline Fees Guide 2011. This new resource shows you exactly what airlines are charging for:
- Baggage fees – including first, second and additional bags, overweight bags, large bags and more.
- Reservation fees – including making a reservation over the phone or in person, requesting a particular seat, and perks like priority boarding, leg room, and change fees.
- In-flight fees – including the cost of a soda or alcohol, the cost to borrow a standard-issue blanket, and the fees for bringing pets or sending unaccompanied minors.
See the Airline Fees Guide 2011 before you purchase your next airline ticket.