Airfare is not very affordable anymore. Between the fees for checked bags and onboard refreshments, it can be hard to find a fare to get you from Point A to Point B. Enterprises TV offers some ideas about how to avoid some airline fees.
When readying to purchase airfare, pay for any checked bag fees at the time of ticket purchase. Otherwise, the fees for checking bags at the gate can be as high as $100 (Spirit Airlines). If going on a short trip, skip the checked bag and carry one on instead.
Avoid hefty change fees by confirming flight dates no later than 24 hours after the ticket is bought. Otherwise, be prepared to pay up to $200 to change the reservation. If possible, fly Southwest. There is no change fee at all. If plans change, the airline credits the fare to you to use again at another time. If heading overseas, check to see if there is any travel insurance plans that cover flight changes and the respective fees which come with it. It may cost a little to get the insurance, but could save the passenger some money in the long run.
Buy a handheld luggage scale. They are inexpensive at around $20 to $50 and can save the traveler up to $200 on the fee for an overweight bag. Most airlines checked bag regulations permit one checked bag to weigh no more than 50 pounds. So weigh the bag at home and bring the scale with you in an under the seat bag.
Don’t call any airline at all – ever. Enterprises TV learns they charge from $20 to $50 for the convenience of talking to a rep. Southwest is the only airline we know which does not charge for the call and has the most helpful reps.
Avoid as many extra fees from air travel as possible and take more spending money. Why give it to the airline when it can be spent on something far better – you.