Airline fees not what they seem

Airline fees not what they seem

Booking a higher fare can actually save you money.

When you book a flight these days, sometimes you just want to shriek, “Liar, liar, pants on fire!” at the screen. You already know those cheap airfare prices are a load of crap. You know they’re going to charge you fees or make up for that cheap-looking price with something else. It turns out that sometimes you can even save money by booking a higher fare.

Check out how this traveler’s experience, for example, when booking a cheap flight only to be charged separate fees for baggage, carry-on, boarding, and flight changes! A $130 ticket nearly doubled itself to $237 in mere moments. The traveler opted for Southwest instead, since the company doesn’t charge extra fees (yet), and saved nearly $100.

When you book your next flight, keep in mind that these fees can really add up. Call around first to see which airlines charge you fees for separate items and get an idea of how much you can save by paying regular price when a sale price really is too good to be true. Fees can vary widely, so last week’s information may not even be the same as this week. It’s best to do your research while you plan to book your flight.