airline fees http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12088/all en-US The 10 Most Creative Ways to Avoid Airline Fees (Like Wearable Suitcases) http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stewardess-helping-passenger-dv2074027-small.jpg" alt="stewardess helping passenger" title="stewardess helping passenger" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The cost of flying has never been higher. Which means the ways to potentially save on airfare have never been as&hellip; creative. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-airline-fees-that-are-actually-worth-paying?ref=seealso">8 Airline Fees That Are Actually Worth Paying</a>)</p> <p>For those interested in bending a few rules, or looking a bit silly, you can skip some of the fees and chop down the price of a ticket, with these 10 of most ridiculous ways you can avoid those pesky airline fees.</p> <h2>1. Invest in Wearable Luggage</h2> <p>Ask yourself the following question &mdash; &quot;Is it more important for me to look good on the plane, or save money on my flight?&quot; If you choose the latter option (and you're reading Wise Bread, so that's highly likely), consider saving on checked bag fees by <em>wearing your luggage</em>. That's right, a website called <a href="http://www.jaktogo.com/">Jaktogo.com</a>, which has been around since 2010, has created clothing lines that can store up to 33 pounds of luggage. It's not exactly chic or stylish, but who cares if it saves you a bunch of cash every single time you fly. Not only that, if you're not checking bags you can avoid the baggage claim delays.</p> <h2>2. Make Your Layover Stop Your Final Destination</h2> <p>This is also known as the &quot;hidden city&quot; airline ticket, and none of the airline carriers will tell you about it. In fact, many of them say it's something you cannot do. But, if the airlines insist on charging additional fees while cutting services, I say &quot;power to the people.&quot;</p> <p>The trick here is to avoid booking a non-stop flight, and instead book one to a very popular destination with a big hub. The 1-stop or 2-stop flights are cheaper than direct flights, and what you want to do is find a layover that is your actual destination. Then, instead of switching planes, you just get off at the layover city and enjoy your vacation. You can save 30% or more by taking this route. Of course, you can only do this if you have no checked baggage, you must book one-way tickets, and if you get caught, you may get suspended from the airline.</p> <h2>3. Wear Layers Of Clothing</h2> <p>The blankets and pillows used to be free on your flight. That's increasingly not the case. So, if you're in for a long flight and don't like the chill, double or triple the layers of clothing you're wearing. Two to three shirts or sweaters, or maybe even a blanket tied around your waist, can come in very handy when you're flying. Ball them up as a pillow, or use them for cover. If you're hot, it's easy enough to take a few layers off.</p> <h2>4. Check Your Bag at the Gate</h2> <p>You'll pay to check your bag at the service desk, but you can skip that fee if you decide to take the airline's generous offer of a free bag check at the gate. Of course, you have to ensure the bag would fit in the overhead compartment first; they won't let you carry a massive suitcase onto the plane. But these days, with flights being overbooked, they are always looking to save a little room. If you want to make sure you've got the best chance of being asked to check your bag for free, hang back and board last.</p> <h2>5. Carry an Empty Water Bottle</h2> <p>You can't take big bottles of liquids, like water or juice, through security. But there is absolutely nothing stopping you taking an empty water bottle through the scanner. Once you're through the gate, you can fill it at a drinking fountain, or take your bottle onto the plane and ask them to fill it with water; either option is better than paying for the expensive bottled water on the flight. Seriously: <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/airline-fees-carry-ons-pillows-water-included-now/story?id=16423408">Spirit charges $3 per bottle.</a></p> <h2>6. Baggage? Just Upgrade to Business</h2> <p>Wait, what? Isn't that going to cost more? Well, that all depends on the airline, your destination, and how much luggage you're checking. Business class seats often come with two or three checked bags free of charge. Sometimes, it can be as little as $40 for an upgrade (anyone who listens to comedian Hannibal Buress will know that story). If you do the math, you may find that you're paying the same for the business class seat as you are for the coach seat with checked bags.</p> <h2>7. Bring Chocolates on the Flight</h2> <p>These sweet treats aren't for you; they're for the flight attendants. When you board the plane, hand over a gift-wrapped box of delicious chocolates and thank them in advance for the wonderful job they do. Not only will you make their day, you will now be their favorite passenger. Suddenly, you're not paying for headphones, movies, drinks, meals, or anything else you'd normally have to pay for on board. It doesn't always happen, but when it does you'll save a bunch of money.</p> <h2>8. Buy Round Trip for One Way Journeys</h2> <p>It seems so odd that round trips are often cheaper than one-way tickets. Airline representatives state that they don't like people flying one way as it upsets schedules, so they discourage it with higher costs. There is also the corporate factor to take into account; business people will fly one way and their travel departments won't even blink at the high price. So, next time you're looking for a one-way flight, do a search for round trips as well. You may save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars.</p> <h2>9. Send Your Baggage Through the Mail</h2> <p>Sadly, it has now become less expensive (in some instances) to mail your belongings to your destination than paying the additional baggage fees. Some will often charge over $100 extra for a heavy bag as well, and it can be much, much cheaper to simply box it up and send it via USPS or FedEx Ground. You'll have to make sure you analyze the weight, the time, and the hassle of going to the post office. But if it makes sense, why not?</p> <h2>10. Get a Bereavement Fare</h2> <p>Finally, the title of the article does include the word &quot;ridiculous,&quot; and this is certainly the most questionable one on the list. I asked several friends to tell me the craziest thing they had done to save money on airfare, and two came back with &quot;bereavement fare.&quot; It seems that if you are flying for bereavement, most airlines will discount your ticket. Now, the ethics of this are highly questionable (actually they're not&hellip; it's just wrong), <em>but</em> if you really are flying because of a death in the family, you should definitely take the airline's offer of a discounted ticket.</p> <p><em>To what great lengths have you gone to avoid paying airline fees? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-companion-airfare-really-worth-it">Is Companion Airfare Really Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare airline fees luggage travel savings Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:02:01 +0000 Paul Michael 1181399 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Airline Fees That Are Actually Worth Paying http://www.wisebread.com/8-airline-fees-that-are-actually-worth-paying <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-airline-fees-that-are-actually-worth-paying" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airplane-463111977.jpg" alt="airplane" title="airplane" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Airlines are using more and more excuses to tack on extra fees to your airfare. Services that used to be included in the airfare are now only provided if you're willing to dig deeper into your pocket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/37-hidden-travel-fees-youve-probably-paid-but-shouldnt-have?ref=seealso">37 Hidden Travel Fees</a>)</p> <p>Sure, you can avoid paying these charges by going with just the basics. But as with everything else, you get what you pay for. Think about the benefits you'll be forgoing before you say no to these premium services.</p> <h2>1. Extra-Legroom Seat</h2> <p>Airlines call the space you get on the plane the &quot;seat pitch.&quot; This is the distance between the back of your seat and the back of the seat in front of you.</p> <p>The standard seat pitch in economy class used to be between 33 and 34 inches, but it has narrowed to about 31 inches. If you travel on a budget airline, the seat pitch could be as small as 28 inches. No wonder you feel cramped!</p> <p>There's always the possibility of you lucking out and getting a spacious seat for free. But if you have long legs and a longer journey ahead of you, maybe you should just bite the bullet and pay the extra fee.</p> <p>Prices for extra-legroom seats vary depending on the airline and the flight route, ranging from under $50 to a few hundred dollars. You can book the extra-legroom seat when you purchase the ticket or at the airport when you check in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tricks-to-make-flying-in-coach-feel-almost-luxurious?ref=seealso">Tricks to Make Flying in Coach Feel Luxurious</a>)</p> <h2>2. Wi-Fi</h2> <p>If you have urgent matters to attend to, the in-flight Wi-Fi can be a lifesaver. It's also great for the fun stuff, such as chatting on Twitter or posting photos of the clouds on Instagram. Wi-Fi is still a relatively new in-flight offering, so you could impress many of your online friends just because you're posting from 35,000 feet in the air.</p> <p>The price for in-flight Wi-Fi service depends on the airline and the length of time you use the service, but it's generally under $50, and sometimes as low as $2.</p> <h2>3. Kid-Free Zone</h2> <p>Children may be the future, but they don't make very good travel companions. They cry, scream, and kick your seat.</p> <p>If you want to sleep in peace during your next flight, consider traveling in a kid-free cabin. Several Asian airlines have already introduced special kid-free sections, including AirAsia X and Scoot Airlines. There is no U.S. airline that currently offers a kid-free zone, but this could change in the future.</p> <h2>4. Entertainment</h2> <p>In-flight entertainment is often included in the airfare for many long-haul international flights. For domestic flights, some airlines require you to pay for it through tablet rental or headset purchase. At under $10, it's a small price to pay to combat boredom when you have nothing else to do.</p> <h2>5. Lounge Access</h2> <p>Some airport lounges offer exceptional facilities, such as Wi-Fi, salons, spas, massage chairs, bars, restaurants, showers, and nap rooms. Relaxing in a good airport lounge can be quite an experience, especially if you encounter a long delay.</p> <p>But not all airport lounges are created equal. You could end up with only cold sandwiches and tattered novels in some lackluster lounges, so do your research before you pay the access fee.</p> <p>Note that usually you can get into exclusive airport lounges for free by achieving a special status with a frequent flier program or by getting <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">certain credit cards</a>. Otherwise, you could pay a one-time access fee or an annual membership fee. The Sleeping in Airports website has a <a href="http://www.sleepinginairports.net/airport-lounges/index.htm#.UzjqSdy0bwI">big list of airport lounges</a> where you can get more information to determine whether a particular lounge is worth the fee. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-tons-of-frequent-flyer-miles-without-flying?ref=seealso">How to Earn Miles Without Flying</a>)</p> <h2>6. Direct Flight</h2> <p>This is not an extra fee, but a direct flight is often more expensive than a flight with stopovers along the way. It can be worth the cost, though.</p> <p>If you have a large carry-on, it can be quite a hassle to lug it off the plane and onto another plane. The time you spend in stopovers also reduces the amount of time you have to enjoy the trip &mdash; not to mention the potential for missing your next flight if your first one runs late. And if you spend the stopover getting snacks and magazines at the airport, you might end up negating any savings you get from choosing the non-direct flight.</p> <h2>7. Baggage Allowance</h2> <p>It's always best to travel with just a carry-on bag &mdash; you'll avoid extra fees &mdash; but sometimes you just can't help having a lot of stuff. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso">15 Packing Secrets From a Pro Traveler)</a></p> <p>If you're lucky, you might meet a nice check-in agent who would wave you through despite your extra bags. But if you know ahead of time that you will have more than the allocated allowance, it's safer to minimize the fees by purchasing excess baggage coupons or vouchers prior to the flight.</p> <h2>8. Airport Choice</h2> <p>You could save some money on your airfare by flying out of smaller airports, which are usually further away from city centers.</p> <p>But before you book that flight, calculate how much the transport to and from the airport would cost.You might be better off choosing the flight that leaves from a busier airport.</p> <p>The main airport is more likely to have more public transport options, such as buses or trains. With a small airport, you're often limited to car rentals and taxis, which cost more.</p> <p><em>Are there any airline fees you just go ahead and pay, anyway? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deia-b">Deia B</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-airline-fees-that-are-actually-worth-paying">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-airline-perks-from-yesteryear-that-seem-unbelievable-today">10 Airline Perks From Yesteryear That Seem Unbelievable Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-creative-uses-for-airline-miles">10 Fun, Creative Uses for Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hidden-comforts-to-consider-when-choosing-an-airline">5 Hidden Comforts to Consider When Choosing an Airline</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-helpful-travel-hacks-to-make-flying-stress-free">24 Helpful Travel Hacks to Make Flying Stress-Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline fees fees flying Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:48:19 +0000 Deia B 1135730 at http://www.wisebread.com Travel Fees: Get Over It and Purchase the Right Bag for a Low Price http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/travel-fees-get-over-it-and-purchase-the-right-bag-for-a-low-price <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/travel-fees-get-over-it-and-purchase-the-right-bag-for-a-low-price-betsy-brottlund" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/travel-fees-get-over-it-a...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/travel-fees-get-over-it-and-purchase-the-right-bag-for-a-low-price" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000003250892XSmall.jpg" alt="Travel luggage" title="Travel luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In January, major air carriers increased the baggage fees yet again to help offset the costs of lower ticket sales and all-around lower ticket prices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, around $740 million were collected in just the third quarter of 2009 for baggage fees alone. Continental Airlines took in $270 million last year and predicts it will take in $350 million in 2010 for checked bags fees. At $20 (American, United) to $25 (Delta, Continental, US Airways) per bag, that's a lot of luggage.</p> <p>And, it is. But to avoid fees, passengers are leaning towards carry-on items over checked baggage. This creates even more bags that need to be safety screened by the TSA. With that come security concerns which lead to other rules and procedures that the TSA will eventually put in place.</p> <p>Until then, let's give the cabin crew a break and stop blaming them for the airlines' nickel-and-diming and just purchase a bag that is lightweight, sturdy, and fits nicely in overhead compartments.</p> <p>For carry-on business bags, you don't have to worry so much about rough handling on the material because it isn't going up and down those conveyor belts, and the handlers won't be throwing it onto the plane. Think about choosing exotic or full-grain leathers because they can last for a lifetime. On the other hand, a simple ballistic nylon material will do just fine.</p> <p>You do have to worry about weight, however, since you'll be the one lifting it up to fit it in the overhead bins and the airlines also have strict weight restrictions for carry-on bags. The weight limitations differ from carrier to carrier, but typically you're looking at anywhere from 25 lbs to 45 lbs depending on whether you are flying domestic or international. On <a href="http://wikitravel.org/en/List_Of_Airline_Baggage_Limits">Wikitravel</a>, you can find a list of all the weight restrictions before you go out and buy a bag.</p> <p>Bags made out of aluminum are typically more sturdy and lightweight. Those made out of cheap plastic may be lighter, but can break after just a few uses and will be hard to fit in small overhead spaces. Many manufacturers have created lightweight products that are also sturdy, such as Landor &amp; Hawa's <em>Sub-0-G</em> luggage series for around $130 or Eagle Creek <em>Tarmac's</em> ES 22 series for around $300. I'd go with the Landor &amp; Hawa bag since it won &quot;world's lightest luggage&quot; at the <a href="http://www.travel-goods.org/press-releases/pr_product-innovation-award-2009.asp">2009 Travel Goods Association Product Innovation</a> show. The Sub-O-G is 30&quot; tall and weighs just over 6 lbs, whereas Eagle Creek's ES22 bags are around 8 lbs and only 22&quot; in height.</p> <p>Most manufacturers now build carry-on bags with special zip-pockets so you can easily find items without scavenging through all your personal items in front of other passengers. It's also typical for manufacturers to include side compartments for files and laptops. One carry-on that is known for its expansion capabilities and pockets is the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Delsey-Helium-Fusion-Expandable-Trolley/dp/B000NZUCMI">Helium Fusion Expandable <em>Suiter Trolley</em></a>. For around $100, this bag costs the same as checking your bag on five flights. What a steal!</p> <p>However, some fashion experts in a <a href="http://magazine.wsj.com/fashion/fashion-style/emotional-baggage">WSJ.com article</a> say you should just eliminate the extra side pockets because they take more space. I disagree.</p> <p>Regarding hardware, functional wheels are important so you can move around tight spaces and talk on your cell phone while drinking a frappaccino and maneuvering around the airport. Business <a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;218395891;41475468;y?http://www201.americanexpress.com/sbsapp/FMACServlet?request_type=alternateChannels&lpid=300&openeep=17460&ccsgeep=17460">travelers</a> rave about the Atlantic Graphite <em>Lite 2 Upright Spinner</em> because of its ability to turn 360 degrees easily. As a lightweight and lower priced carry-on ($120), it's currently a very popular bag.</p> <p>For the best deal, you can go to sites like <a href="http://www.ebags.com">eBags</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com">Amazon</a>. At <a href="http://www.luggageonline.com/">Luggage Online</a>, you can usually get 20-30% off the retail price.</p> <p>On the other hand, if price isn't an issue and you're more concerned about grabbing a coffee and perhaps leaving your bag with the guy on your redeye that wouldn't stop yapping, Heys USA's <em>BioCase</em> (also a winner at the Product Innovation Awards) only opens for the correct fingerprint registered with the bag. As I mentioned, it's pricey with a tag of $2200 or more, but the 20&quot; carry-on has biometric technology...probably not the cheapest thing to develop.</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by Betsy Brottlund. Betsy is the Marketing Director for <a href="http://www.resourcenation.com/">Resource Nation</a> and <a href="http://www.everythingbusiness.com/">Everything Business</a>.</em></p> <script type="text/javascript"> federated_media_section = "platinum"; </script><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/betsy-brottlund">Betsy Brottlund</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/travel-fees-get-over-it-and-purchase-the-right-bag-for-a-low-price">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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