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Tips to getting around hidden airline fees

Jan 26, 2012, 8:46 a.m.

As if paying hundreds of dollars for a flight wasn't bad enough, the airlines are coming up with new and improved methods for squeezing every last dime out of customers' pockets. Getting out of the airport with your wallet intact is a little like pushing your way through a crowd of talented pickpockets. Only the most clever travelers are going to make it out with a little spending money left over. Amazingly, a few people have figured out to avoid hidden airline fees when traveling with major airlines. Read more to learn their sneaky tactics:

Get the Right Credit Card

Not only can certain credit card companies get you free airline miles, many allow you the additional convenience of stowing luggage without paying excessive fees. Check carefully over all the details before signing any agreements, for the credit card companies every bit as devious as the airlines.

Book Online

A lot of airlines charge direct ticketing fees for customers who book flights over the phone or in person. You can save over $40 per person if you book flights over the internet.

Be Flexible When Planning Trips

Although flying is always expensive, finding cheap airline tickets becomes all the more challenging as the holiday season approaches. Getting around such high prices is nearly impossible unless you are willing to fly in a little early or a little bit late. A week or two can make a huge difference in ticket prices, so consider taking your vacation at an alternative time this year.

As the price of fuel continues to rise, airlines will be sure to find new sneaky ways to get their hands on your hard-earned cash. A little extra planning can go a long way in beating the airlines at their own games.

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