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

(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.

Airline fees keep going up and up and up.
Airline fees keep going up and up and up.   (Shutterstock)
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