Our links to each airline luggage fee pages is designed to help you evaluate your airfare travel deal. Unfortunately, these extra fees are now a fact of life and I can't tell you how much they vex me as they make air travel more stressful and complicated than it needs to be. You can certainly file airline luggage fees under "Things that make me go G-r-r-r-r." Not to mention all the other extras we now have to pay for that airlines used to include in the price of an airline ticket.
It is important that you take into account additional airline luggage fees when shopping for airfare. We have provided a handy comparison list of U.S. domestic airline fees that not only includes luggage fees, but all the other extras airlines are charging you for these days. If you're shopping for the best luggage prices for carry-on luggage and more,Luggage Pros.com has some of the best online prices.
I hope you'll allow me to take a little stroll down travel memory lane when airlines used to provide you with exceptional service all the time. I remember my first airline flight when I was just seven years old and it was on American Airlines. My mom and dad planned a fabulous vacation to Disneyland for my brother, sister, and me, from our home in a small town in Indiana. The flight was so much fun and glamorous flight attendants treated us to delicious hot meals, tea sandwiches as snacks, pillows, blankets, magazines, and it all seemed very first class even though we were flying coach.
I also remember that I initially did not like Southwest Airlines as they were a no frills airline where you couldn't even get a seat assignment. They've since refined their boarding process and now they're my favorite domestic airline. Not only do my bags fly free on Southwest, but this airline seems more first class compared to all the other airlines that started out that way and now have stripped away all the amenities we used to be accustomed to getting when traveling (little things like leg room, snacks, blankets, pillows) so now all airlines are no frills as far as I'm concerned but Southwest does it best.
You can get more detailed fee information for each carrier by clicking on the name of the airline below.
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Since the Pandora's box of extra airline luggage fees was opened in May of 2008, additional airline fees continue to change rapidly and I’ll do my best to keep these links up to date. It should be noted that 1st and 2nd checked bag fees are waived for passengers with “elite” status and first class or business class passengers.
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Avoid Jet Lag
You're packed and ready to go on vacation, so now comes the most important issue at hand: avoiding jet lag when you arrive at your destination. A survey by Conde Naste said that 93% of travelers get jet lag but you don't have to be one of them if you use my tips. ~Marianne Schwab
Book Your Trip
Booking travel online should be quick and easy…not to mention affordable and that's why I like Expedia. Did you know that you can save up to $525 when you book your flight and hotel together at Expedia.com? For the best deals, book 60 days or more before you travel because usually the further out you plan, the better the package rate.
Top Travel Mistakes to Avoid Now
I have put together a list of the top five travel mistakes people make that translate into paying too much for a vacation no matter where you book your trip (through a travel agent, airline or online). ~Marianne Schwab
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About Marianne Schwab
TV Travel Show Producer
For over twenty years, TV Travel Show Producer, Marianne Schwab, has been collecting money saving travel tips as a travel producer for high profile television programs. She has flown all over the world and produced live television productions on location from Caesar's Palace on the Vegas Strip to the beautiful island of Oahu. Read more