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8 Ways to Avoid Baggage Fees

Baggage fees can sometimes almost equal airfares. Here are eight ways that baggage fees can be avoided.
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    You can connect, but your bags can’t — UA and AA’s latest service cut

You can connect, but your bags can’t — UA and AA’s latest service cut

Bad for passengers. Airlines are looking for ways to force passengers onto their partner airlines. The latest is by refusing to transfer checked bags to other non-alliance airlines.
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    How long is too long? Is it time to regulate airline baggage delivery?

How long is too long? Is it time to regulate airline baggage delivery?

With baggage fees a given these days, one would think that there should be some minimum level of service for delivery of checked baggage at destinations. Alas, no such rules exist, resulting in random wait-times at baggage carousels.
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    $4 billion in annual baggage fees, mobile boarding pass problems, AA FAs may get original deal

$4 billion in annual baggage fees, mobile boarding pass problems, AA FAs may get original deal

Airline baggage fees to add nearly $4 billion to airline bottom lines per year, problems with mobile boarding passes, American Airlines flight attendants may get original deal.
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    Airlines, more profitable than ever, keep screwing passengers (except Southwest)

Airlines, more profitable than ever, keep screwing passengers (except Southwest)

Airlines are on a roll. They have managed to get the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of

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    JetBlue’s CEO to step down, Canadians pay for 1st checked bag, rental car companies screw customers on tolls

JetBlue’s CEO to step down, Canadians pay for 1st checked bag, rental car companies screw customers on tolls

CEO Barger was the consumers friend. It is sad to see him go. Canada facing extra airline fees. Rental car customers are getting screwed on tolls.
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    After more than 1,000 days, Passenger Protection 3 is released for comments

After more than 1,000 days, Passenger Protection 3 is released for comments

A new DOT rulemaking, released after 1,000 days of deliberations, is momentous and will eventually change the way airline tickets are sold, how on-time and lost luggage is reported and how online travel agents interact with their customers.
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    Google maps adds Uber and more, airline passenger compensation, baggage fee income

Google maps adds Uber and more, airline passenger compensation, baggage fee income

This weekend we look at improvements to Google Maps, we learn about a new startup that hopes to get passengers their just compensation from airlines and we discover how much airlines are making from their baggage fees.

Most unjust airline fees? Fees for the flight not taken

The most irritating fees are the fees for the trip not taken. Fees beyond the nonrefundable ticket itself, which can at least partially, in some cases, be used for a future credit, less a penalty. Fees like preferred boarding, priority access and more.
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The real problem with airlines and checked luggage

A favorite joke of many of us in the travel industry goes something like this. A traveler goes to the airline check-in counter and tells the agent, "I'm going to Houston, but I want you to send one of my suitcases to Dallas and the other one to Washington, D.C." The agent shakes her had and says, "I'm sorry, we can't do that." The passenger says, "Why not, you did it last week?"
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