Remember the days when you could board a flight without long safety lines and exorbitant baggage costs? Believe it or not, there was a time when airports didn’t want a nightmare that couldn’t wake you up.
And although safety lines can be unavoidable (for the time being), there are a few ways you can escape the extra costs that airlines charge us for overweight bags, extra bags or, well, a bag.
This week the Points Guy tackled the question we all asked ourselves: do I really have to pay this fee for my bag?
As it turns out, that answer is not necessary, although often not paying requires that you have the correct credit card or a premium ticket. Here is every situation where you might be able to save on those baggage allowances, as TPG writes, in addition to some tried and tested advice that we’ve drawn together, so you’ll never be forced to pay an extra $ 35.
Take a look at your credit card’s benefits
Do you have one of those co-branded airline credit cards? You are lucky: many of them will protect cardholders against unnecessary baggage costs. For example, if you are driving United, those with a Chase United Explorer credit card will receive a free checked-in bag from that airline (and the same privilege for one companion).
And if you don’t have any of those co-branded cards, you don’t have an accident yet. You can also apply for a number of credit cards with huge travel benefits such as Chase Sapphire Reserve and the American Express Platinum Card, which offer transferable points to members that can be used as compensation for incidental travel costs (Chase Sapphire grants you $ 300 to cover all related costs) keep up with travel purchases AMEX’s Platinum Card offers you $ 200 but is limited to a single airline).
Check the bag at the gate
You must know that this is a gamble, writes USA Today. But if you are willing to take the risk, you can always check the bag at the gate. You have to pass the bag through security and wait at the gate for an airline employee who is looking for volunteers to check their luggage. This usually happens when a flight is very full or the aircraft is very small.
It doesn’t hurt to walk straight to the stage once you reach the gate and ask a supervisor if you can check your bag, as we wrote earlier. You will probably get a positive result, but this is not written as a standard protocol on the website of an airline.
You need a TSA-ready bag with the right size of liquids, but you can save a little cash anyway.