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Consider Fees Before You Book a Plane Ticket to Get the Best Price

Money Tip: Consider Fees Before You Book a Plane Ticket


If the Winter blues have you dreaming of a Spring break somewhere warm, then it's time to brush up on your airfare-searching-savvy. Airlines were hit with big fuel bills during the first half of 2008 and those costs are still being passed on to customers in the form of fees. Because airlines have changed the way they charge for tickets, passengers need to change the way they think about airfare.

George Hobica of airfarewatchdog.com offers a great example: "If Southwest has a fare of $198 round-trip and United has one for $148, and you are checking three bags, then Southwest actually has the lowest fare because Southwest charges nothing for the first two checked bags, whereas United would charge you an additional $165 each way for three." It can pay big to consider fees before making a purchase, so take the time to review baggage fee charts for each airline.

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