How to Avoid Paying Additional Airline Baggage/luggage/suitcase Fees

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You can fight back by using some creative measures to reduce or eliminate much of the added fees now impose by commercial airlines. How is this done? You can, by using these fugal steps to avoid part if not all of the hefty additional charges for baggage/luggage/suitcases airlines are imposing on their passengers.

Go the limit. Most airlines allow up to 50 pounds per piece of luggage. Instead of traveling with one that weighs 30 and another that weighs 20; combine the contents into a single bag. This will help get around airlines companies that charge per piece during baggage check-in.

Purchase light weight luggage if you haven’t done so already. Not all luggage is created equal. Measure the overall dimension of each piece of your luggage. Multiply the length by the width by the height to calculate the total area of your luggage.  Area equals L x W x H. This will give you an idea of how much room you have in your luggage to pack. Then take your luggage and have it weighed. Now divide the area by the number of pounds your luggage weighs. This will give you an idea of how much space per pound of packing space you have.

Here’s an example. Your luggage is 29” x 20.5” x 12”. Using the formula for area it comes out to 7134 square inches of space. The luggage empty weighs 13 pounds. Now divide 7134 (square inches) by 13 (original weight of the luggage) and you get approximately 549 square inches for every pound of weight. The objective is to be able to carry more weight in the available storage space in your luggage. So, if you have a bag with the same overall dimension as the luggage that weighs 13 pounds empty, but it only weighs 11 pounds empty; this will mean that you will be able to pack 2 more pounds of contents into the bag that weighs 11 pounds empty than you can in the bag weighing 13 pounds empty. Hint – Look for luggage marked extra-light if you don’t want to go to all the trouble of measuring and weighing.

Try this creative way to have your luggage/baggage transported. Ship all or some of your luggage to your destination ahead of your arrival by FedEx or UPS. This is a wonderful way to avoid extra airline baggage fees. Usually the fees for shipping large heavy objects cost less shipped by ground using UPS or FedEx. This works especially well if you plan on an extended stay to wherever you plan to travel.



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