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1. Airlines: Paper tickets
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1. Airlines: Paper tickets
What it is You remember actual airline tickets, don't you? If you aren't comfortable with an electronic flight record, you'll pay a steep price for an old-fashioned paper version.

What's so bad The paper-ticket fee is all about forcing you to go electronic, thus saving the airlines money.

Ouch! $75 at United; $50 at American, Continental, Northwest and US Airways; $45 at Virgin Atlantic

What you can do Embrace change. When airlines routinely let you use a ticket on another airline if your flight was canceled, carrying a paper ticket was the safest bet. Today, flights are so full you probably won't be able to get on another carrier. Plus, most major airlines have e-ticket agreements with competitors, so there's no drawback to going paperless.

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