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Checking in for a flight online can save you time, but it can also save you money. Here's how.

Checking in for a flight online can save you time, but it can also save you money. Here's how.

According to a report released by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the nation's 15 largest airlines collected a combined total of $3.5 billion in baggage fees in 2012. Specifically, Delta Air Lines earned $866 million from bag fees last year, while United Airlines raked in $706 million. American Airlines made $557 million, and US Airways earned $516 million off of travelers like you.

Meanwhile, Airlines such as Delta, Spirit, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Frontier and more have begun to charge new baggage fees for those who check their bags in at the airport. This surcharge can run you anywhere from $3-$12 per bag, on top of what the airlines already charge for their normal baggage fees.

If you're a family of four, this could end up costing you an extra $100! Fortunately, you can avoid these fees simply by checking in your bags when you check in online. It's a simple process that just takes a few clicks, but could end up saving you serious money.

So, before you head off for the airport, make sure to check yourself and your bags in online to save on fees and time.

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