The New York Times' Gail Collins is just the latest, opining that someone should "Make the airlines stop charging fees for checked baggage." Ms. Collins' column is so full of myths and errors that the best response is point by point:
Like the insidious overdraft penalty, the key to avoiding a replacement fee is to keep careful watch of your debit card and not lose it. If you do, try to take out cash through a teller and be patient until your replacement card arrives.
When you're searching for flights it can be tempting to just buy the cheapest ticket. But when the cheapest ticket is from a low-cost carrier like Spirit or Allegiant, it's important to take ancillary fees into account.
It seems these days that the only way to fly fee-free is by wearing a week's worth of clothes and standing the entire flight. But what if the script was flipped, and you could charge the airlines fees?
There are ways of avoiding the fees, and even to get a full refund on a non-refundable airfare you no longer need. The most-often used method is to cancel within 24 hours of booking, but read on for some other, lesser-known loopholes.
To say there's room for improvement in the airline industry is a clear understatement. Between baggage fees, customer-service fails, and hellish flight delays, most carriers consistently keep our expectations at tarmac level.