3 Clever Tricks to Reduce Your Luggage Fees
Do Baggage Fees Cause Airlines to View Your Bag Like This?
Travel tips to help you reduce luggage fees and extra baggage charges with major airlines
When it comes to air travel, the ticket alone sets you back far enough...so why wouldn't you want to reduce baggage fees and help lower your overall travel expenses?
That's exactly why this post was written.
After having my wallet vacuumed clean of enough extra baggage fees to fund a small African village, it's time for me to help you avoid the costly mistakes I've made, when it comes to getting hit with over-the-top extra luggage fees.
Hopefully, the tips I am about to share with you will help you lower your travel costs, and get around some of the luggage restrictions in place--helping you make your travel more fun, less hassle and quicker to navigate.
And, of course as "fee free" as possible.
Without further ado, let's get you started on some travel savvy plans to reduce hidden luggage charges, carry-on fees and other gimmicks that make traveling a pain in the unmentionables.
Scottevest's Travel Jacket
TIp #1: "Wear" Your Carry-On Luggage
This is a tip I picked up when I first was introduced to a product called the Scottevest.
If you don't know what a "Scottevest" is, it's something that will make your traveling a whole lot easier.
Scottevest is a clothing company that makes travel vests, jackets and other clothes that are full of strategically placed pockets. These pockets let you carry an amazing amount of gear and gadgets.
Plus, these pockets let you breeze through security check points without having to make a fool of yourself. No more loose coins dropped into the x-ray bin, or laptop contents spilling out onto the floor, as you nearly tip over, trying to untie your shoes.
If you haven't seen a Scottevest Travel Vest in action, it's high time you do so.
This vest is very cool if you are:
- A gadget geek
- An avid traveler
- A pocket-stuffer
- Are hell-bent on being organized when you carry your personal belongings
If you like to stay organized when you travel, you'll be all over Scottevest.
Breeze Through Security Checkpoints in Style
You can finally keep track of your airline ticket, the paperback you brought along, your iPad or Kindle, your phone, keys, wallet, water bottle, lip balm...and all the "things" you want to have near you for the flight.
When it comes time to go through the security check points, you just unzip the vest, send it through the machine, and put in on when it comes out of the machine. You're done.
That's why I love this travel vest. Scottevest has done a great job of building in pockets that are balanced, sleek and plentiful. You can literally load all your gadgets, your documents, your money...all of it, right into the pockets of this vest, and guess what?
You look like you don't have any of those things in your pockets. You are not bulging like a blimp. In fact, you look as sleek and stylish as ever.
And, to make this deal even better...you can "wear" the equivalent of your carry on, right on your body, without anyone ever batting an eye.
This is a great way to avoid extra luggage fees if your check-in luggage is getting a little too heavy--now you can carry some of its contents in your Scottevest.
Definitely a stealth travel tip, and a little sneaky, too--so keep this tip under your hat.
Getting Hit with Hidden Baggage Fees Is Not Fun
Tip #2: Carefully read the rules and conditions related to your airline ticket.
Tickets carry rules and conditions, and they vary wildly from domestic to International travel. The rule of thumb here is to ask the airline about their checked-in and carry on baggage policies.
You'll want to ask them about dimensions allowed for each type of bag. Weight limits for each type of bag, and what types of fees apply for carry-on luggage.
Keep in mind, some airlines have penalty fees in place for overweight bags, while other airlines have different policies for passengers flying from Europe to the United States, for example, as opposed to starting in the USA and heading for Europe.
Before you drop your head in your hands, and start thinking of taking the Greyhound bus instead of putting up with this air travel baggage fee nonsense...take a deep breath. Help is on its way.
For your convenience, check out what our good friend "Fish" did for you on his blog. He put up a list of baggage dimension and weight limits for carry-on and checked luggage...for a full 68 airlines. You can use this list to save on pesky weight penalties and baggage fees.
Aaarrghh...Would You Be Avoiding Baggage Fees?
Tip #3: Pack Like a Hiker
Rule of thumb: keep your packing streamlined and light.
Remember, you are fighting against a system that loves to charge you exorbitant baggage fees.If you want to reduce your International travel fees, or want to avoid being hit with baggage charges domestically, then you will pack as light as possible.
This means you will have to follow a few basic guidelines:
- Do the double-take. Lay out the items you "want" to bring with you on your trip. Look them over once, and weed out a good 30% of the items, looking to bring along clothing and belongings that can do double-duty. Can your sweater double as a hiking jacket? No. Well, your hiking fleece can stand in for that sweater you were going to pack, so out goes the sweater.
See, you just shaved two items down to one. That's the spirit.
After you have gone through your bags like this, take a break and come back in an hour. Do this same step again, and try to weed out another 10-20% of the incidentals.
- Mini-Me. You can often substitute a larger version of something, for a smaller (or digital) version of the same thing. Your big iPod with all of your songs on it? How about taking the smaller iPod nano along, and only have access to a few hundred songs.
Books can be put onto your digital reader, your lotions and such can only be 3 fluid ounces anyway, so make sure you get that right from the start.
- Take Your Memories with You. You might be tempted to buy knick-knacks on your trip, but I recommend foregoing that, mostly. How often are you really going to admire that coconut painted to look like a shrunken pirate's head? After the Mai Tai's wear off, and your are out of your flip flops, knee-deep in snow, will this space hogging tourist trinket really matter? If not, skip it. Your travel bags will thank you.
You'll Love the Free Feeling of Traveling Light
Let's Hope This Helps Your Travel Technique
Traveling is not nearly as fun as it used to be. Not for most people anyway.
A big part of that hassle are the restrictions, fees and extra layers of complication put upon you when you set foot into an airport.
In closing, let me remind of your three steps that can ease your traveling blues:
1. Get yourself a Scottevest travel vest or jacket. You can thank me later
2.Discover the baggage restrictions and weight limitations for your chosen airline
3. Pack like you'd have to carry your baggage 3 miles each day--keep it lightweight
Those are a few of my guiding principles when it comes to helping you avoid luggage fees, reduce International travel fees, and in general, have a better time getting from here to there, in the air.
Happy trails to you.