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Flight fees are getting out of control. Here's how you can sidestep or minimize some of the most egregious. (And get ready for this: Starting Aug. 1, Spirit Airlines plans to charge you up to $45 to put a carry-on in the overhead bin.)
Blanket and pillow fee.
American Airlines and JetBlue now charge you $7 to $8 for the soft stuff. Tote your own instead. (Chances are it'll be cleaner too.)
AirTran and Spirit extract $6 to $15 from your wallet to let you choose your seat before the day of the flight. Stick with carriers that don't.
Most airlines now ding you $15 to $45 to book with an agent on the phone or at the counter. Order online and you'll escape the pain.
Such fees have ballooned to as much as $125 for a bag over 51 pounds and $175 for a bag over 71 pounds. Weigh before you go.
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