9 ways to avoid airline fees
Extra fees associated with air travel can really add up, but with some advance planning and travel savvy, you won't pay more than you have to when you fly.
Cheap tickets? Don't forget the extra fees
Do your homework
Fly Southwest or JetBlue to avoid baggage fees
Measure and weigh your bags
Take advantage of extra items that can be carried on
Be careful with your carry-on
Book through an airline's website
Be certain about your travel plans
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Southwest is the only airline to fly. They operate like all airlines should and they make money. Their flight attendants are good at their job, friendly and helpful, and treat passengers like they enjoy doing their job.. This is what happens when employees are treated good by their employer.
I haven't flown any airline other then Southwest for the past ten years. Probably never will fly an airline other than Southwest.
Unless I have no choice, I fly Southwest.
They board in about half the time as other airlines.
No extra fees.
Attendants are friendly and helpful...with a few exceptions.
Great rewards program.
Almost always on time.
Now that they've purchased AirTran, they go to more places including Cancun, Mexico City, Cabo, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
Other airlines are losing money, treat their customers like crap, usually late, and charge extra for EVERYTHING
I <3 Southwest. I'm so proud that my husband works for them. It's an amazing company with amazing benefits.
I stopped flying over a decade ago due to continued lousy service within the lower 48 states. These days flying sucks! Late arrivals and lost or stolen baggage seems to be the norm. When I did fly I always mailed my luggage to my destinations and mailed it back so I never lost a thing. There ain't no place I can't drive to in three days. Saw that coming and won't play that game! I guess there will be a No- Baggage fee coming soon! No thanks! I'll drive instead.
JetBlue is the best hands down! More legroom, TV behind every seat and probably the best pilots around.....Remember Sully?
"LAND OF THE FEES, HOME OF THE SLAVES". If visiting relatives, put together a Reserve box, filled with your changes of clothes & all the bulky stuff. MAIL it, Priority to your rellys about 5 days before you leave home. Carry-on only any RX meds, toothbrush and one change of underwear. Only as much as you can stuff in your coat pockets. NO luggage OR carryon fees. Cost per passenger: between $20-$30 bucks. Savings: about $100 bucks each. Do the same on return. Use the same box, with the roll of tape and return label already inside.
And yes - either UPS or the Post Office are FAR LESS LIKELY to LOSE your bag, than the airlines. There is no reason to Surrender to this Tyranny of Fees. I carry an apple in one pocket, and an orange in the other, plus a paperback book, in case of unexpected delays. I refuse to give them any of my hard-earned money, no matter how completely they've got it RIGGED. I rarely fly, but when I do, I'm ready for anything.
Everyone is dragging that darn luggage on the plane... .... I get really upset ever time I fly 1ST Class and there is no room in 1st class for my things. Even in coach people take the space over my seat for their extra stuff. A rule needs to be enforced to use the space over your seat only and stop stealing the space paid for by the person in that row. I have seen it not once but every time people in back of plane put their things in front of plan, taking space that does not belong to them.
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