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Is Your Bag Too Fat? Careful: Overweight Bag Fees are Killers

May 11, 2010 | Posted in: Airline News

bag fees overweight

You know all about the “regular” checked-bag fees, which are bad enough (and if you’re not familiar with them, check out ourĀ Domestic Bag Fee Chart before you get on a plane).

But the really expensive fees are reserved for these categories: overweight and oversize bags.

Perhaps you are thinking, well how bad could it be? Depending on size and heft of the bag, very bad indeed. Try, $300 worth of bad.

Want more? Take a look at “Checked Bag Fees – Cheap Compared to Airlines Oversize, Overweight Bag Fees”.

And in the meantime, please – no matter where you travel, pack sparingly.

4 Responses to “Is Your Bag Too Fat? Careful: Overweight Bag Fees are Killers”

  1. Nicole says:

    Ok… Still confuse. First of all, “How do I know the suitcase is not being overweight?” At home we can’t be sure the suitcase can be more than 50lb. It not like we own or have a suitcase scale @ home to be sure of or any of the weight scales. This is crazy!!!

  2. Maria says:

    Step on a scale with the bag and without the bag and subtract your weight. The large size bag in a suitcase set is usually over 50 lbs if you fill it. Shoes and toiletries are especially heavy.

  3. Rick Seaney says:


    Thanks for the sensible advice. Also, a lot of travelers buy luggage scales – it’s just a small, handheld device – I’ve seen them all over, including at Sears for around ten bucks.


  4. Nicole says:

    Rick… Really?! I didn’t even know that we can buy the so-called, luggage scale. Great and bummer!!!

    Maria… Thanks. Not really a sensible idea. But whatever worked for you. : )

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