Airline Baggage Revenues Are Increasing – Here’s How to Save

New York, N.Y.  Airline baggage fees are continuing to climb, making travel even more expensive than before. If you need to check a lot of bags because you’re travelling far and you’ll be gone for a long time, these fees can quickly add up and cause you to go over your travel budget.

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There are ways that you can save as much money as possible while being able to pack and take everything you need for your journey. Continue reading to learn more.

Sign Up for the Airline’s Loyalty Program

If you typically fly with the same airline, it’s a great idea to sign up for their loyalty program, if they have one. These are usually free and you can use these programs to be able to check your bags for free. For example, Delta has a SkyMiles Medallion program that will waive the fee for as many as three checked bags when you reach the silver status level.

Sign Up for the Airline’s Credit Card

You can also go ahead and sign up for a credit card that offers airline perks. These credits can help cover the fees that are associated with checking your bags. A few good examples include the United MileagePlus Explorer Card, the Gold Delta SkyMiles card, and the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select card, which can also give you perks that include free checked bags.

Pack as Lightly as Possible

You will incur extra fees if you try to check your bag and it is over the weight limit or even the size limit. Therefore, read up on the requirements and prices for checked bags before you book your tickets. In this way, you will know exactly what to expect and you can go with the airline that gives you the best option and prices.

Once you know what types of bags are allowed and what the weight limit is, you can pack accordingly. You can even purchase lightweight suitcases from Global Luggage so that you can pack more without having to worry about going over the limit. However, adhering to weight limits may also mean having to leave a few items behind, but it will be worth it to stay within your budget.

Ship Your Luggage in Advance

If you are comfortable with shipping your luggage in advance, you may find these services cheaper than checking your bags with your airline. A good example is BagsVIP. They will send a company rep to meet with you at the airport. There, they will take your luggage and ship it to your hotel so that it will be waiting for you within hours of your arrival.

Upgrade Your Seat

If you have the budget to upgrade your seat, you may find that you are given a free checked bag as a perk. Plus, you will travel in more comfort, which is a perk as well.

Flying on the airlines can be expensive, especially because of the rising costs of checking your luggage. Use the tips above to save as much money as possible or even get the chance to check your bags for free with your favourite airline.

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