Use this packing trick to avoid a checked bag fee

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Use this packing trick to avoid a checked bag fee
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Think you can’t travel with just a carry-on bag? Then this unusual packing technique is just for you!

Read more: 3 ways Delta’s basic economy fare still beats Spirit

Pack your carry-on to avoid a checked bag fee

Even though the major airlines have been charging to check bags for years —Southwest excluded — it can still hurt to pay $25 a bag or more.

What if you could avoid that fee by packing a week’s worth of clothing into a tiny bag?

In the YouTube video below, Ben Popken explains how a technique called “bundle wrapping” can fit more clothes into your bag, and they won’t even get wrinkled!

By the way, you should know that airlines are really getting strict when it comes to enforcing carry-on bag rules, especially with “basic economy” fares, so check with your airline to verify the size limit.

To avoid the fees, Clark bought this little carry-on bag at Costco ($29) that fits under his seat.

Use this packing trick to avoid a checked bag fee

Read more: Basic economy fares: Are the savings worth the hassle?

How to get the cheapest airfare

To get the lowest ticket price, Clark recommends starting with Kayak. After entering your to and from destinations, be sure to include nearby airports and flexible dates to see when fares are rock bottom.

This airline is shrinking the size of free carry-on bags

Next, go Google.com/flights and select the “track prices” option for your desired trip. Switch it to “on” and receive email updates when the price changes!

This airline is shrinking the size of free carry-on bags

As a general rule, airfares tend to be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can save money by booking your ticket at least 21 days in advance.

Read more: Clark’s secret to finding the cheapest flights possible

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Mike Timmermann About the author:
Michael Timmermann paid off his mortgage in two years. Now, he shares his money-saving tips on his blog, Save on Almost Everything.
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