Friday, September 30, 2011

Check Your Luggage Weight When Flying

Luggage weight can be a real problem. Checked luggage is limited in the United States to 50 pounds. You will pay extra anything over those 50 pounds. And if you do have a heavy suitcase, dividing your items up into two bags may or may not help.

Some US airlines charge a fee for the first checked bag. Almost all of them charge extra for the second. Yet overweight baggage fees are so high, it might still be a money saving technique to pay for that second bag.

To help figure out for yourself which is the best way to go, invest in a luggage scale. Then check the cost of baggage fees and overweight fees with the airline. Do the math. It might make sense to pay the fee for the second bag than to pay the exorbitant overweight fee.

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