There Are Legit Ways to Avoid Airline Bag Fees — Your Foot Isn’t One of Them

Mar 21, 2019

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Airlines make billions of dollars per year on fees alone — yes, that’s billions with a ‘b.’ Those $35 bag fees, $19 seat assignment fees, $150 change fees and more all add up to a very real percentage of revenue for most airlines. Given all those billions in fees that travelers around the globe pay (in addition to the cost of the tickets themselves), it comes as no surprise that some travelers try and get a bit creative to avoid or minimize their portion of those fees.

Recently, a traveler on Interjet (an airline headquartered out of Mexico City), was caught on camera using a bit of physics to his wallet’s advantage when checking in a bag. By surreptitiously supporting a bit of the bag’s weight with his foot, the odds are high that the full weight of the bag did not register on the scale for the agent. While this sneaky approach wouldn’t have saved him from a checked bag fee altogether, perhaps he was trying to avoid an overweight bag fee.

While he might have been successful in saving a few bucks, his idea is actually a bad one. There are much easier (and, frankly, safer) ways to avoid checked bag fees than misleading the airline about your bag’s true weight (and hoping no one notices your foot underneath).

Here are non-scammy TPG-approved ways to avoid airline bag fees:

Bottom Line

TPG supports the quest to avoid airline bag fees by choosing the right airline, leveraging elite status or having the right credit card — but please don’t be the guy relying on a foot to sneak a few pounds by the agent.

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