3 Clever Tricks to Reduce Your Luggage Fees

Do Baggage Fees Cause Airlines to View Your Bag Like This?

Hey, Moneybags...did you know that ABC News reported in 2010,  that airlines raised over $3.4 BILLION  in extra baggage fees alone? You can beat this!
Hey, Moneybags...did you know that ABC News reported in 2010, that airlines raised over $3.4 BILLION in extra baggage fees alone? You can beat 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

This jacket carries everything you need, and can replace a carry on bag. Plus, the sleeves zip off whenever you want a vest.
This jacket carries everything you need, and can replace a carry on bag. Plus, the sleeves zip off whenever you want a vest. | Source

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

Don't let luggage fees get you down. Beat them at their own game, and reduce your travel costs...
Don't let luggage fees get you down. Beat them at their own game, and reduce your travel costs...

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?

Skip the trinkets and pack light. Even a coconut- headed pirate knows that.
Skip the trinkets and pack light. Even a coconut- headed pirate knows that.

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

Why get bogged down with extra luggage fees?
Why get bogged down with extra luggage fees?

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.

Comments 10 comments

Sarah K. 4 years ago

Thanks for this hub!

The chart you have on the luggage weights is very helpful.

My boyfriend's dad has a scottevest, and now I want one for traveling, too--so thanks for the birthday idea ;)


Karl Jerls 4 years ago

I can't believe I was charged for my check in bag being too big, by a couple inches only. I am thinking about your carry on tip. Good idea. The chart will help me next time to avoid more fees, I hope.

Do you have this chart printed out?


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

Great tips. Airlines are getting more and more strict these days, so it's always helpful to find packing tips.


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JohnMiley 4 years ago from The Great Northwoods Author

Thanks for taking time to read this hub. Glad I could give you a few handy ways to "beat the system". Happy travels.


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JohnMiley 4 years ago from The Great Northwoods Author

Please share you comments, or tell me your most recent "baggage horror story". I'm sure you have a good yarn to spin, so spin away.


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JohnMiley 4 years ago from The Great Northwoods Author

I don't have the chart printed out, since it comes from another site. I can look into it. Good idea.


OvertheRoad 4 years ago

Good tips if you like air travel.

I'd rather drive these days. The vest you mention looks good, and I just read a review other ones like it at http://www.BestTravelVest.com.

Your readers might find it helps them find the right one for them.


Megan 3 years ago

I just wish they'd let us carry liquids onboard. whether in a vest or not. I do like to carry my toiletries in the vest, in case I lose my luggage. Thanks.

Megan

http://www.BestAcneProductsReviewed.com


Javier 3 years ago

I'm not sure how to handle transporting my insulin for an extended vacation. It's liquid, but only a small amount--but, I have to bring enough for 6 months. Do I need a medical waiver or something? Also, I'm looking at taking a supplement along, but don't know I can...it's diaxinol and I found it on this site, if you can look at it and let me know if there's any problems with bringing this.

http://www.mileylabs.com/diaxinol-blood-sugar-supp...

Thank you!

Javier


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JohnMiley 3 years ago from The Great Northwoods Author

Javier,

I can't answer the insulin question, exactly, since I don't know what quantities you are talking about...check the packing regulation print out mentioned in the Hub.

I see you found my website, and Diaxinol...that is fine to take along, since it is a supplement, and dry. You may want to ship a few bottles ahead to your destination, but bringing along a bottle will be fine (may need to open it to reveal contents, though). Good luck!

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