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Don't Waste Your Money: Airlines tack on more fees

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(Toledo News Now) – Next time you head to the airport, make sure you bring plenty of cash and credit cards. Airlines are hitting travelers this summer with more and more hidden fees.

If you're flying this summer, especially with your family, get ready to be nickel and dimed with fees for boarding, preferred seating, baggage and more. Wait until you see how much these can end up adding to the cost of your flight.

It started five years ago with fees for checked bags. Most travelers have adapted to that one.

CNN and Fox News travel expert Andrea Woroch says the fees are now getting out of hand. 

New fees include: 

  • Spirit Airlines' $25 carry-on bag
  • American Airline's $19 to board early with children
  • US Airways' $25 frequent flier seat booking
  • Many airlines are now charging more for seats with extra leg room

Doesn't That Stink?

From the doesn't that stink file, the newest "gotcha fee" for travelers: the international lap baby fee. While infants still fly free on most flights within the U.S., on international flights, parents will now pay 10 to 25 percent of a ticket. That means $250 - $500 in many cases.

Many parents are saying, "doesn't that stink?"

Of course, safety experts say mom's lap is the most unsafe place for a baby and suggest buying a ticket and a car seat.

Bottom Line

If you are flying with kids or with a group, check with the airline in advance to get an idea of the extra fees you may be facing, especially if you have kids and have a lot of luggage.

That way you're not surprised and you don't waste your money.

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