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How to avoid extra airline costs
Check baggage fees: All airlines except Southwest charge for checked bags on domestic flights, so when you’re comparing fares, always scour the airlines’ websites and tally the surcharges. When you book a flight, register your intent to check a bag to get any discount. And check bags at the ticket counter rather than the gate, where fees can double.
Know the carry-on rules: When you fly basic economy, the rules vary widely. Delta allows a free carry-on bag, while United and American allow only a purse or other small personal item. Consider obtaining an airline-branded credit card, which often entitles the holder to waived fees.
Do without Wi-Fi: Small fees for onboard Wi-Fi are common. Skip it if you can.
Beware the kid markup: American, Delta, and United charge $150 to babysit children under 14 traveling alone. Southwest and Virgin America charge only $50.
Source: Consumer Reports
And for those who have everything…
You may well wonder why you’d ever want a Bluetooth speaker that you hang around your neck, “but Bose made a good one.” The SoundWear Companion is “extremely well-built,” comfortable to wear, and “sounds downright terrific for what it is.” It “effectively creates a cone of sound around your head,” which makes it useful for listening to music while cleaning the house or cooking, and as a means of carrying on hands-free phone conversations, it’s “incredibly satisfying.” But how often, really, are headphones or standard speakers not a better option? While you’re walking down the street? Please, “don’t be that person.”