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The Next Time You Fly, Avoid These Airline Fees

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Although it can cost you several hundred bucks, being able to hop on a plane and fly thousands of miles in just a few hours is quite the phenomenon. Believe it or not, it’s cheaper to fly today than it was 30 years ago, but there are still some airline fees that can add up during your trip. Here, our BDL Airport parking company shares some of the most common fees you can avoid:

Overweight/Oversized Luggage

When you fly domestically, most airlines have a maximum checked bag size of 62 linear inches (length + width + depth) and a maximum checked bag weight of 50 pounds. If your luggage is larger than 62 inches or weighs more than 50 pounds, you could be subject to an oversized or overweight luggage fee (which can be up to $200 per bag). To avoid paying a fee, measure and weigh your suitcases before you head to the airport.

Unaccompanied Minors

When it comes to flights, every airline has its own policy for children who want or need to fly alone. Most airlines don’t allow children under 5 to fly alone, but for some (like Air Canada and WestJet), the age is 8. For children over the restricted age, there’s often an “unaccompanied minor” fee, which can be anywhere from $25 to $150 each way in addition to the flight cost.


Travelers used to be able to fly with their carry-on luggage at no additional cost. In the past few years, however, we’ve seen a rise in low-cost carriers and the introduction of something called Basic Economy among domestic airlines. In both of these instances, the idea is to offer a lower airfare for no-frills travelers. This means if you’re traveling with more than just a personal item, you’ll likely need to pay for your carry-on.

Flight Changes

A standard, non-refundable ticket is the most popular type of flight ticket among travelers. While most can get by fine with a non-refundable ticket, those who would like to change their flight will usually face a fee. Unless you buy a refundable ticket, you’ll have to pay anywhere between $125 and $450 to change your flight.

Seat Selections

Low-cost carriers like Spirit and Frontier aim to offer discounted flight prices, but in order to do so, they need to make up for their losses through additional fees. If you like choosing your own seat, you’ll likely have to pay around $5-$10 (each way) in order to do so when you fly a low-cost carrier.

BDL Airport Parking

When you choose to park at Bradley International Airport, you could end up paying much more than you want to, especially if you’re there long-term. With our BDL Airport parking company, however, we can help you save money and make your parking experience even better. Make your reservation today and find out why so many travelers turn to Z Airport Parking.