Airlines Take In Record Amount On Your Bags

This week we had a story that really gets under my skin when I fly. Airlines are making so much money with those annoying baggage fees. Those fees, starting at 25 dollars, added up to 1.7 billion dollars in just the first half of this year. That’s the most ever during a six-month period. I’ve flown twice the past few weeks, and experienced the good and bad of baggage fees.

On one trip I flew Delta, which topped the list, making nearly $430 million. United was close behind with $351 million. My checked bag cost 25 bucks each way for a ride in storage. That’s fifty dollars tacked onto my already expensive airfare.

ABC News Travel and Lifestyle editor Genevieve Brown says some airlines are even taking baggage fees to a whole new level in time for the holidays. “Spirit Airlines will be charging as much as $100 for a carry-on bag,” she says. “I think that might take a lot of people by surprise over the Thanksgiving holiday.” You read it right. 100 dollars for a carry-on.

These outrageous fees are why I try to fly Southwest whenever possible, which is what I flew on my other recent trip. With Southwest, up to two checked bags fly free. JetBlue gives customers their first checked bag free.

Experts say the best way to save money flying is to pack light (except on Spirit), and try booking your tickets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays, which are typically the cheapest days to fly.

Remember when you used to be able to take on an up to 50 pound bag for free on any airline? Yeah, and I also remember when flying used to be fun.

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