Packing Light

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Feel like the airlines are flying off with your hard earned money? You could be right.

You may hate arriving at the airline ticket counter only to find out your luggage isn’t going to land safely unless you shell out more money. But the airlines love it; in fact some say those extra fees are the only revenue they’re bringing in.

Last year the airlines made $3.4 billion in baggage fees. This is up 29% from last year. A small consolation for airlines when you consider the price of jet fuel has climbed 39% since last year. And as the cost for them to fly rises; so does the cost for your seat.

Earlier this month Delta and United raised their fees to check a second bag to Europe. Delta also added fees for a second bag to Latin America and eliminated a $2 discount for paying the fees in advance. Right now Jetblue and Southwest are the only airlines that do not charge for bags. But you can be charged for boarding early and changing your reservation. So far carry-on is still free; might be time to start packing light.