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How can you avoid paying out on baggage fees?

Stuck1Airlines can often make a healthy return by charging travellers for their luggage when flying, and it can often catch people unaware if they have failed to plan ahead.

Ryanair recently made headlines as it moved to get rid of free hand luggage being allowed into the cabin, and travellers are now required to pay for Priority Boarding or have them placed into the hold free of charge – only a small bag is allowed in the overhead lockers.

As a result, it is not surprising to find that some travellers have looked at innovative ways to avoid the additional charges, such as wearing all of your clothes to the airport. However, we’ve put together a few simple tips that might be able to save you some money and that are a little bit less extreme.

Know your airline’s policy

All airlines adopt different rules, and some will be more lenient than others when it comes to weight and size, so it’s always best to do some quick research beforehand and review the policy.

Some airlines may allow you to check some items on board free-of-charge, including car seats, collapsible pushchairs and medical devices – this might just save you having to pay out for another suitcase.

Choose the right suitcase

Naturally, you are limited to what you can take with you, but you will quickly find that having the right size of suitcase can make everything a little easier. You can find some that weigh as little as 1.7kg, dramatically reducing the chances of you being charged because your bag is overweight.

Pack smarter

It may seem simple, but being a bit smarter about what you are packing can go a long way to avoiding any unexpected fees.

For example, if you’re travelling with a group of friends it might be worth opting for one additional suitcase that you can all share and then split the cost – this will be a lot cheaper than all individually taking one.

You could also think about what you are wearing when you when travel. If you need to take a coat, or some walking boats, wear them to the airport so you don’t have to find room for them in your luggage.

If you’ve booked a holiday this year, make sure you organise your holiday extras in advance to take the hassle out of your journey.

Date Created: 19 January 2018

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