As we all know, it is getting more expensive to fly and most people are interested in ways to avoid the extra baggage fees that have implemented due to rising fuel costs.
There is always the option to fly on airlines that don’t charge for the first two checked bags, to date there are only two companies that do this, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue. Some travelers will travel the extra distance to an airport where these flights are offered, others have started looking for ways to lighten their travel loads to help avoid fees.
Some of the suggestions are specialty clothing such as a Scottevest trench coat, vests, and other garments that have pockets large enough to carry your iPad or even a folded shirt. With clothing options such as these, travelers are able to free up room in their carry-on luggage.
Other travelers have found that vacuum-seal bags are the better options. One traveler said when they use their vacuum-seal bags they are able to fit three-times as many belongings in their carry-on luggage. Now days there are products available that are travel friendly by offering consumers to simply seal the vacuum-bag and roll out the excess air.
If you aren’t on board to be a conservative and smart packer, or you don’t have the luxury of driving to another nearby airport to travel with cheaper airlines, there are other options as well. Including, but not limited to, taking out an airline-branded credit card. Some of the perks with airline branded credit cards can include having the first checked bag free of charge, special access to airport lounges, priority boarding, and some companies even offer double mileage points for every mile flown on that airline. Other card offers you might find when shopping around for credit cards could include mileage bonuses, sometimes up to 40,000 miles just for signing up; some companies also offer in-flight meal, beverage and entertainment discounts available with some plans.
The one caution about airline-branded credit cards is although they come with many benefits, some cards do charge annual fees that can range from $55 to $450 annually. So if you are a traveler and you decide to go this route then you should weigh the benefits carefully. However if you are a frequent flier the annual fees might be much cheaper than paying baggage fees for every flight. But if you only fly a couple of times a year these fees might be more than they are worth.
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