3 Tips to Keep Baggage Weight in Check

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We’re sorry to break it to you, but airlines are not your friends. Flights are ordinarily quite expensive, but that doesn’t mean that airlines won’t try to squeeze out an extra buck or two. One way they try? Extra baggage charges. The airline industry collected $29 billion in baggage fees in 2022. Here are some ways to prevent paying more than you need to. 

Pack Light, Pack Right

Before you even begin packing, check the airline’s luggage size requirements. These can vary from airline to airline, so be sure to check the one you’re actually using. The best way to avoid excess fees is to make sure your luggage is smaller and weighs less.

Wear Your Wardrobe

Trust us, heavier items are better on your body than in your bag. Try wearing bulky items like coats, sweaters, and boots. You can also get specific jackets with enough space to load your tablet, phone, and even a change of clothes!

Join the Club

Take advantage of those airline rewards programs like a pro. If you sign up and become a frequent flyer, not only do you get perks like earning miles, but airlines usually waive baggage fees; make extra weight allowances; and even check bags for free.