How To Avoid Extra Travel Fees

Kiplinger tries to help you save money on your next airline “flight”—we have to put quotation marks around that word now, since the prospect of actually getting up in the air seems purely hypothetical at this point—with their latest travel article. A lot of the advice boils down to, “Find out what each airline charges extra for, then choose a different airline,” but it’s helpful to have everything in one article for a quick reference.

Our favorite bit of advice: avoid booking fees from travel sites by using travel search engines instead—they suggest Kayak.com or Airfarewatchdog.com—which will then route you directly to the appropriate airline’s site to buy a ticket, letting you avoid the booking fee completely.

“Coping With Rising Travel Fees” [Kiplinger]
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  1. Beerad says:

    I like Farecast.com a lot. Nice interface. I’m just sayin’.

  2. Me. says:

    Allegiant Air has AMAZING prices if you live in one of their chosen cities. I recently purchased my $19 tickets from AZ to CA (one way). The problem? You have to OPT OUT of every single tiny charge they want to sneak by you. $10 charge for a checked bag (each way), a $10 charge to pick your seat (each way), and so on.

    I ended up with an amazing deal and a killer headache.

  3. Geekybiker says:

    One thing to remember is Southwest apparently doesn’t allow search engines on its site, so isn’t normally listed.

  4. n301dp says:

    [matrix.itasoftware.com] is my best friend.

  5. BigElectricCat says:

    @n301dp:

    Word. It takes some getting used to, but once your know how to parse your search, you’ll never get better results anywhere else.