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Beware of secret airline fees for your next trip

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 20:30:51-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV ) - Thinking about a springtime getaway? If that getaway involves air travel, KGUN9 has a caution before you book it.

Some flights can look cheap at first glance, but additional fees can make it much more expensive by the time you checkout. A new report in USA today says all the new fees can easily add 50 to 100 dollars to that fare per ticket.

Even your carry on bag can now cost you at Discount Airlines, Allegiant and Frontier. 

Among the biggest add on fees:

  • Checked bags: $25 at most airlines, except for Southwest and JetBlue.
  • Booking by phone: $15 at most airlines.
  • Changing an economy ticket: Now $200 at Delta, United and American.
  • In-flight wifi: $5 to $10.

The most hated of the new fees for customers are a fee for your carry on.  Frontier, Allegiant and Spirit- the 2 deep discounters- now charge between $10 and $75 for a bag in the overhead bin. The major airlines are not charging that fee just yet.

Our advice?  Check the baggage fees at the time you book your ticket, not when you arrive at the airport.  You can usually minimize those feeds if you pay them at booking time, and that way you don't waste your money.