Vacation travelers are getting much better at taking a break from airline fees.
According to the Department of Transportation, U.S. airlines collected $3.35 billion in baggage fees last year. That's an oversized haul, but down from $3.49 billion in 2012. Yep, that's $100 million passengers kept out of the hands of money-grubbing airlines that seem to be in constant battle with their customers, their pilots and their competitors who don't see why either need to be flogged just for having the misfortune of running across the airlines in question.
So, yes, those baggage fees are worth ducking, as are the reservation-change fees carriers have begun tacking on. The latter fees accounted for $2.81 billion alone. The $6.16 billion in combined baggage and change fees is up from $6.06 billion last year, making baggage fees just one of the pitfalls travelers need to avoid.
Yet outrageous airline fees are all over the place. With help from travel pricing and guidance website Smarter Travel, we've found five of the worst.