3. Lap fees, pet fees
: If you’ve got a child less than 2, it’s typically free to carry them on your lap for a domestic flight. Leave the country, however, and you might pay a “lap fee” of 10 percent of the ticket cost. And not the cost of your ticket: a full-fare ticket – the most expensive available. Delta, United, US Airways, and American all have some form of this policy, and for what? The airline is performing no service: no extra room, no assistance, nothing.
Ditto when you’re flying with Fido. If you have to ship your pet in the baggage compartment, you’d expect a handling fee. But bring them with you in the cabin, and you’ll pay up to $125 each way – and the carrier counts as a carry-on. Again, the airline is doing nothing, but collecting a hefty fee. Workaround
: Check with the airline before you book the ticket to see what fees, if any, you can expect. If they’re high, shop around: Some airlines charge less than others. Check this article
for more specific strategies on lap fees, and this one
for flying with pets.
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