Weigh your carry-on before you leaveMagnetic Mcc/Shutterstock
This is especially true if you’re flying a cheaper airline. “Many low-cost airlines limit the total weight of your carry-on items,” Viktoria Altman of gotraveltipster.com says. “If you’re flying a low-cost airline, check these limits before you pack.” Then, if the total sum of your carry-on weight exceeds airline allowance, “buy additional bag allowance in advance, online, and at least 24 hours prior to departure,” she suggests. “If you wait until you’re at the gate, you’ll often pay triple.” Here are 16 more mistakes to ditch before your next trip to the airport.
Consider the long-term perks of co-branded credit cardsYingzaa_ST/Shutterstock
“A smart traveler rarely pays for checked baggage,” Altman says. “Consider getting a co-branded credit card for any airline you would normally fly. Many airline credit cards offer a free checked bag, early check-in, and other perks.” Check out the best credit card reward programs for travelers.