How to Avoid Extra Airline Fees

Airline fees are one of those things that traveler's can't seem to get around no matter how hard they try.  On a recent flight, I paid $50 for an extra bag but paid nothing for the same bag on the return, go figure.

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics recently ranked the Top 10 Domestic Airlines Earning the Highest Extra Fee Revenue in 2009 for the third-quarter.  Let's take a look at the cash grab, I mean, extra fees broken down into baggage and cancellation fees.


U.S. Airline Baggage Fees:
  1. $259,743,000 - Delta Airlines
  2. $151,175,000 - American Airlines
  3. $131,806,000 - US Airways
  4. $90,494,000 - Continental Airlines
  5. $83,872,000 - United Airlines
  6. $38,139,000 - AirTran Airways
  7. $34,430,000 - Alaska Airlines
  8. $22,939,000 - Spirit Air Lines
  9. $14,725,000 - Frontier Airlines
  10. $15,494,000 -JetBlue Airways

U.S. Airline Cancellation Fees:

  1. $183,334,000 - Delta Airlines
  2. $117,679,000 - American Airlines
  3. $84,703 - United Airlines
  4. $63,586,000 - US Airways
  5. $60,975,000 - Continental Airlines
  6. $28,987,000 - JetBlue Airways
  7. $13,250,000 - Alaska Airlines
  8. $11,944,000 - AirTran Airways
  9. $5,636,000 - Spirit Air Lines
  10. $4,753,000 - Hawaiian Airlines
Keep in mind that these fees, in the millions of dollars, are made up of the third-quarter of 2009 only.  So, how to avoid extra airline fees?  Pack lightly, don't change or cancel your reservations, and take a good look at this list before booking with your airline of choice.  


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