04/07/2011 12:06 pm ET Updated Jun 07, 2011

How To Avoid Exorbitant Airline Fees

Flying the friendly skies doesn't feel so friendly these days.

What seems like a mounting list of hidden and not-so-hidden airline fees can make travelers feel like they're being taken for more than just one kind of ride.

And you're not just imagining that flight-related fees seem to be buzzing through more and more of your travel budget. It's a sign of the times.