How to dodge airline baggage fees

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Consumer Alert
Monday, May 12, 2014 - 11:01am

(NBC News) Travel experts say that vacationers had better gear up now for what is expected to be an expensive season for travel, especially if you plan on flying.

New federal data shows that airlines took in more than 3.3 billion dollars in baggage fees last year, and they don't plan on stopping them anytime soon.

However, Consumer Reports has come up with a few ways to dodge baggage and other fees starting with the passenger's choice of airlines.

"Southwest doesn't charge for your first 2 checked bags, Jet Blue doesn't charge for your first checked bag and on some routes depending on where you're traveling, Air Canada doesn't charge for your first checked bag," says Mandy Walker from Consumer Reports.

There are also other simple online methods of comparing the extra fees that you will face while travelling on different airlines right from your home.

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