Top 10 Ways to Avoid Airline Fees - In Time for the Holidays

by  Elissa Garay | Dec 18, 2009
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The airline fees boom that first kicked off in 2008 seems like it's here to stay (and pricier than before, to boot!), leaving air travelers who arrive at the airport today in need of a little crash course on what once-free amenities they'll now have to factor into the total cost of their trip. But there are ways to cap the cost of your domestic flight at its ticket price with a little careful planning: Read on for our expert tips on avoiding the fees of the à la carte menu in the sky. Dodge attempts to be nickel-and-dimed on bottled water (yes, water!), pillows, headsets, and even an aisle seat by planning ahead. While the sky seems to be the limit on what they’ll charge for next, the restrooms and airsickness bags remain free . . . for now. Download our Domestic Airline Fees chart for a quick-and-easy guide to the current luggage and in-flight fees being levied by airlines. 

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