WASHINGTON (10/22/13)--New fees aren't surprising; they are big business for airlines. Last year airlines made $27 billion in fees and extra charges, more than doubling their takes from 2009 (MarketWatch Oct. 2).
While some smaller airlines already charge fees for carry-on luggage, the major airlines are following suit by emphasizing priority boarding. If you're not willing to spend extra to be seated first, you might not have overhead-bin space for your carry-on (The New York Times Oct. 11).
Some fees are obviously worth skipping--paying extra to print your boarding pass or book by phone, and paying for onboard snacks, for instance. But some fees are worth it, particularly on longer flights and layovers. They include:
Before paying any travel fee, research what you're paying for to ensure it's exactly what you want and worth the additional cost.
For more information, read "Do You Need a Travel Agent?" and "Make Tracks: Traveling by Train for Your Next Trip" in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.