In Part I of this series, we looked at the way airlines charge booking fees, checked luggage fees and ways to avoid these. Read on to learn of some other ways to save money on airline fees.
Unless you have a seat lined up in first class, chances are you will be stuck in economy class during your flight as you struggle for extra legroom and share the armrest with the passenger beside you. Some economy class seats are perfectly comfortable, particularly if you are sat toward the back of the aircraft where you have ample leg room. However, most seats in economy class do not afford the most comfort to passengers. But there are two ways that you can increase your comfort without paying extra. Bring your own inflatable airline pillow for a restful nap onboard the plane and avoid the fee that some airlines are charging for pillows. Pillows are widely available in travel and luggage shops. Have a look around the travel shop at the airport before your flight takes off. A second way to enjoy a measure of comfort onboard the plane is to wrap up warmly for your flight so that you will feel more comfortable.
Some American airlines are cashing in by charging preferred seat fees to passengers, usually exit row seats or aisle seats. Rather than dig any deeper into your pocket for a “preferred seat”, check in online the day before your flight departure. Then check for unassigned seating. This will give you the opportunity to pick your own seat, provided it has not already been assigned to another passenger. Look for unassigned seating toward the back of the aircraft. The back of an aircraft typically has more room for carry-on luggage, which will free up the leg room space in front of your seat.
Are you a frequent flyer for business or pleasure? Do you like to use the same airline? If so, consider joining a frequent flyer programme. Airlines such as United and Continental do not charge baggage fees for elite members. The best way to benefit as a frequent flyer is to sign up before you book your flight so that you can start to build up frequent flyer miles right away.
Passengers can avoid further airline fees by bringing their own travel pillow onboard the plane, searching for unassigned seating the day before departure and by signing up for frequent flyer miles.
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