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Ask Andy: Baggage fees

By Andy Wise - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Frequent flyers know to be ready for anything when it comes to fees at the airport.  They offered varying strategies on how to beat airline baggage fees.

"I let my wife pack first, weigh it and then if I need a second bag for me alone, I do it," one traveler said.

Martha Meade with AAA said the first question to ask is, "To check or not to check?"  If you can avoid checking any luggage, you will avoid the fees and some hassle.

"If you've checked luggage, your flight changes or there's some problem, you're very limited in your options because the airline has to transfer your bag to the next flight," Meade said.

Smaller bags will fit in the overhead compartment and do not need to be checked. Meade used some simple packing strategies to fill it with a week's worth of travel needs.

"Often take things that can be washed," Meade said.  "Little packets of Woolite you can carry in your TSA liquid bag. Wash things, hang them up, wear them again.

"You want to take your long items like your slacks, lay them out coming out of the bag so that they can be woven in later," she added. "All of your other things roll them if you can."

Don't forget the spots inside of your shoes. You can stuff items inside those.

This simple advice can save you big bucks at the ticket counter.

"If you have a family of five, each one is checking a bag for $25, you've just added $125 to the cost of your trip one way," Meade said. "That's $250 dollars round trip."

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