10 Tips for Ducking Flying Fees Don't check luggage, don't select your seat, and BYO pillow By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff Posted Oct 15, 2011 12:21 PM CDT 4 comments Comments Airline fees keep going up and up and up. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – As if things weren't financially miserable enough, it's gradually becoming even more expensive to travel. Domestic airfare prices spiked 8% from last year, and airlines are pulling out every stop to eke out more revenue. Here are some steps you can take to avoid unnecessary flying fees, courtesy of FoxBusiness: Print Your Own Boarding Pass: Don't wait until you get to the check-in counter to have your ticket printed. Do it at home. Spirit Airlines, for one, is charging $5 to print it for you. Don't Select Your Own Seat: Many airlines including AirTran and Spirit are charging an extra fee for allowing passengers to pick their seat ... to the tune of $6 to $20. Bring Your Own Pillow: American Airlines is now charging $8 for a blanket and pillow package. Avoid Checking Luggage: American and Delta Airlines demand $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second one. Packing a carry-on only will dodge these fees. Stock up on more cheap travel hints here.