Packing smart for holiday travels

POSTED: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 3:45pm

UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 3:53pm

If you are planning on taking a trip this holiday season, experts say there are still ways to get your family to their holiday destination with out breaking the bank.

Even if you and your family can't avoid airline baggage fees, it's real easy to avoid a fee for overweight baggage.

"Have a little scale or get yourself to a scale where you can actually weigh how much your bag weighs. Because overweight bags translate into dollars for the airlines, and they're going to be very strict" says Travelzoo’s Gabe Saglie

But not so strict, if you're carrying the right credit card.

Suzanne Rowan Kelleher is a family travel expert and editor for the website She says "choosing the right credit card can be the smartest way to avoid baggage fees. For example, the American Express Delta Skymiles card lets card members waive the first baggage fee."

She tries to be a realist when it comes to flying a family with children nd she wants others to get real too

"Checking bags is almost a given when you are traveling with young children,” says Suzanne

That's why she also says you save by packing smarter.

"I don't think you have to bring the kitchen sink. I don't think you have to bring, for example, the big huge stroller that you go around town with you," Suzanne stated.

She also says don't forget every destination has big box stores where you can buy whatever you chose not to pack for the flight.


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