JETBLUE and Frontier are charging passengers up to $99 for a basic travel accessory.
Not all travelers are affected and there is a way to avoid the fee if you plan ahead.
A carry-on bag used to be taken for granted when flying, but those days are long gone.
Not only do many budget airlines charge you for carrying carry-on baggage on board, some even ban it altogether.
Both JetBlue and Frontier now sell basic economy tickets that prohibit customers from taking a carry-on bag.
Customers can still take items that are considered personal items and cannot be larger than 8″ x 8″ x 14″.
So what happens when you show up at the gate with your holdall or backpack?
If the size of personal baggage is exceeded, both airlines charge their customers a $99 checked baggage fee.
Since the airline will then check in the luggage, you cannot take it on board anyway.
However, with a little advance planning, you can avoid this fee.
Both JetBlue and Frontier sell other rows of seats that include a carry-on bag.
If you intend to take a piece of hand luggage with you, it is cheaper to purchase it at the time of booking.
So it pays to consider all ticket options when searching for flights.
Meanwhile, some customers believe they’ve spotted a loophole in airline carry-on baggage regulations.
You may have noticed that airlines still allow travelers to take an extra bag on board if it is a shopping bag with goods they bought duty free at the airport for example.
A recent hack shared on TikTok showed how some guests are now making a small purchase in the airport shops to get a shopping bag to put their carry-on luggage in.
Then they cover their hand luggage with a small purchase, such as a bag of popcorn.
Some TikTok users claimed they had successfully used this method many times, while others reported being caught by the airline and having to pay a fee.
But baggage fees aren’t the only additional fees travelers need to think about now.
What about airport parking?
Three New York airports just increased their fares for the summer, and you could be spending $70 a day.
Meanwhile, American Airlines customers are upset about the new $75 fee for a travel accessory that used to be completely free.
And look at the automatic surcharges you could pay if you decide to stay at a Hilton hotel.