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Most Annoying Travel Fees: Baggage Fees

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Baggage Fees

Major carriers charge $25 to check one bag on domestic flights—and raked in $3.5 billion in baggage fees in 2012, up nearly 4 percent from the previous year, according to the Department of Transportation. Many travelers have responded by packing just light enough to squeeze their bags into an overhead bin. But even that option may be waning. Low-cost carriers Spirit and Allegiant both charge for carry-on luggage, and Frontier Airlines announced it will charge $25–$100 for the use of the overhead bin to passengers who book economy fares through online agencies or travel agents.

Tip: Bags still fly free on Southwest, and JetBlue passengers may check their first bag at no expense. The Citi AAdvantage MasterCard and Visa offer a first bag checked free for the cardholder and four companions; the Delta SkyMiles card from American Express (the parent company of Travel + Leisure) grants a one bag checked free for up to nine people on the same reservation.

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