You can budget for travel, but unplanned expenses can always pop-up. Not only can you prepare for unexpected fees with an emergency fund, but you can avoid pesky charges with a little extra planning. Discover five ways you can prevent airline baggage fees from weighing down your travels.
1. Follow policies for airline baggage fees
Some airlines permit a complimentary carry-on. Others charge for convenience. Some airlines will let you bring one carry-on and one personal item. Others may charge for one, the other, or both. Carry-on items also usually have strict size requirements. Make sure you check the baggage policy for your airline and understand your limitations before packing.
2. Weigh your luggage
Although an airline will not likely turn away your bag if it’s overweight, they will charge you an overweight baggage fee. This price varies by airline, although many will start around $50 per bag. As you can guess, this can get spendy very quickly.
Pro tip: Make sure your bags weigh well under before you leave to account for items you’ll buy during your trip.
3. Pack everything in a carry-on
Although this is a given, and most people follow this tip, but it’s worth mentioning. One of the best ways to avoid airline baggage fees is by traveling with a carry-on. Forget checked bags–these usually cost extra, which can cost upwards of $30 per bag!
4. Ship bags ahead of time
If you’re traveling with gifts or donations, you may want to consider shipping these things ahead of time. This way, you don’t need to lug the extra weight through the airport, and you can maximize space for your personal belongings.
Pro tip: Only send your things ahead if you know they will get appropriately received.
5. Leave extra space for souvenirs
One of the best things about travel is all the fun souvenirs you find. One of the worst things about flying is trying to repack your suitcase with more than what you came with. If you intentionally leave space in your luggage before leaving home, you’ll have an easier time repacking with your new goodies.
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