6 Ways to Avoid Annoying Baggage Fees
There are several so-called travel credit cards that give cardholders credit to help cover travel-related costs, such as Wi-Fi, on-board food and drinks, and checked bag fees. American Express Platinum awards cardholders up to $200 each year, in addition to many other travel benefits, but imposes a hefty $450 annual fee. The recently released Citi Expedia+ card includes up to $100 worth of statement credit and assesses only a $95 annual fee.
Another easier-said-than-done tactic (especially during the holidays), but one that deserves high priority, is simply packing light. Many airlines let passengers carry on one bag and one personal item, such as a backpack or purse, free of charge. Try consolidating down to those two items and say good-bye to the checked-bag fee. Alternatively, ask a traveling companion with space to spare to share a carry-on. And don't forget the bulky-clothing trick: Wear a coat or boots onto the plane and stash them in the overhead bin after boarding.