When you see how airlines are increasing the checked bag fees it looks like only fliers who use ships for luggage transportation and those who carry just one essential carry bag can make do without expensive fees on the baggage.
From January to March alone the airline industry made over 769 million dollars according to statistics from the bureau of transportation.
Thanks to new loyalty programs in the market and some interesting offers on credit cards travellers could be on the way to cutting down on these costs on luggage.
In most cases frequent flyer members may need to have special elite status to be allowed to fly free of additional baggage costs. When a person has flown over a certain set number of miles through a frequent flyer program then an exemption from baggage fees is awarded.
Delta Skymiles offers one of these programs for its medallion customers allowing them to carry two free bags said the spokesman for the company Paul Skrbec.
However this offer allowing travellers to do away with fees on baggage is limited to travel in the U.S. market according to the founder of Flyertalk.com Randy Petersen.
When these benefits are handed out it is not to just everyone but to people who have the knowhow to attain it and the means. With over 80 million participants the competition is tough and when a person earns over 25,000 qualifying elite miles in a calendar year then the elite status is awarded to them.
When adding up the miles there is also a distinction between the usual miles and the elite qualifying miles although both are added on to the account.
While initially by flying people could win the elite status today there is more competition to get the right credit cards in the market that will get you the elite status on account of having such a card. There is however a restriction here as well, people would have to be able to afford to spend $25,000 to win this sort of a status.
It is also important that you have good records in terms of credit scores and usage of the card. However today there are most cost effective options available to travellers to obtain exemption on baggage fees. Some airlines do provide the service to those who are card holders with them however the high annual fee might be food for thought in many cases.