A growing thorn in the side of travelers’ are the baggage fees that airlines are starting to impose upon them. The average going rate for a checked bag on some of The United States larger airlines is $35-$45 for the first bag one way with the rate only increasing with each checked bag thereafter.
In 2011 airlines made $3.4 billion dollars from baggage fees and noted that companies who imposed the most baggage fees prospered financially the most in the public markets especially in comparison to some the more traveler friendly airlines that despite maintaining their free carryon and first checked bag policies saw their stock values take a dip. With financial incentives such as these to charge more fees for baggage one can only wonder how much longer carryon baggage will be free? For the time being, carryon is a travelers best bet for avoiding costly fees.
To help avoid these baggage fees here are a few suggestions and methods that are becoming popular in art of bag packing. First, make sure you have a bag that meets the size requirements of the airline you are traveling with, each airline varies with these requirements but generally a piece of luggage with the dimensions 22”x14”x9” will work for most airlines.If you do plan on checking a bag in be sure to measure and weigh it before you arrive to the airport so that you can be sure you are not exceeding any of the requirements for the specific airline you are using, fees for overweight bags is one of the quickest ways to incur additional charges.
Another practice becoming more common is travelers driving out of their way to airports that service airlines such as Southwest and JetBlue which do not charge for carryon or first bag check. Should this be the route you choose to take be sure to log onto Airport Parking Connection to book your parking at a discounted rate, with rates starting at $35 for baggage fees parking rates at select airports servicing airlines with now baggage fees will be worth the savings.