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Money Talks News: 10 of the World’s Most Insulting Fees and How to Beat Them

Airlines

1. Checked baggage fees: Most major carriers charge $25 to check one suitcase – a lot more if it’s oversized, overweight, or both.

This fee didn’t exist until recent years, and for good reason: The price of a plane ticket should obviously include luggage. Isn’t that an integral part of traveling long distance? No other travel-related services – buses, trains, hotels, cabs, rental cars - charge for luggage. This isn’t a fee – it’s a sophomoric attempt to disguise a higher price.

Workaround: There are two major airlines that don’t charge this insulting fee: Southwest and JetBlue. Fly them if you can. If you can’t, check this chart or one like it to see how much your airline is charging and use that as an incentive to pack light.

Some airlines also allow you to avoid baggage fees by using their branded credit cards. For more ideas, see 10 Tips to Save on Baggage Fees.

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