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.
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