To help travelers get a better handle on airline baggage fees, the travel experts at Cheapflights.com have spent hours and hours compiling Check mate: A guide to airline baggage fees and policies, their comprehensive and mobile-friendly resource detailing the rules and costs for traditional economy class seats on 79 airlines around the world, the company said.
The guide also offers advice on how to save on baggage fees and tips for traveling with larger items such as sporting equipment, strollers, car seats and medical equipment.
As part of its research, Cheapflights polled 400 Americans and Canadians and found that 66% prefer to carry on their luggage for domestic flights, perhaps reflecting that bag fees are shaping travel habits.
When it came to international flights, however, people were almost evenly divided with 49.5% preferring to carry on their luggage and 50.5% preferring to check it.
In terms of how much to pay, among those polled, 41% of travelers felt it appropriate to pay USD 25 or less to check baggage. A slightly smaller group (38% of travelers) were comfortable paying USD 50 or less, while 14% were willing to pay up to USD 75 to check their bags and only 7% were willing to pay as much as USD 100 to check their bags for a flight.
For those who really want freedom from checked bag fees, check out these airlines that not only offer the first checked bag for free on both domestic and international flights but in fact offer a second checked bag for free: Air India, All Nippon Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, and Southwest Airlines.
Other airlines, such as Etihad, Aurigny Air Services, Eva Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways let passengers check 2 bags if the total weight is less than 66lbs (30kg).
And Korean Airlines, Philippines Airlines, China Eastern and Turkish Airlines permit 2 checked pieces if the total weight is 44lbs (20kg) or less. Hawaiian Airlines doesn´t charge for a second bag on international flights while Korean Air includes two free bags on domestic flights if the combined weight doesn´t exceed 44lbs (20kg).
Some airlines take their Ã la carte pricing model to the extreme, including only a personal item that fits under your seat as part of the price of the ticket. If you want to bring a larger carry-on, these airlines will add these charges: Allegiant Air – USD 15-USD 25 (depending on destination), Frontier Airlines – USD 30-USD 35, Spirit Airlines – USD 35, and Wow Airlines – USD 20-USD 40.
To read the complete guide covering all there is to know about traditional economy class baggage fees and restrictions for carry-ons to checked baggage for both domestic and international flights for 79 airlines along with helpful money-saving and packing tips, visit Cheapflights.com´s “Check mate: A guide to airline baggage fees and policies” at www.cheapflights.com/news/airline-baggage-fees-and-policies.
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