Bag feesAccording to recent data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, domestic airlines collected $6.16 billion in baggage and change fees in 2013.  That’s up from $6.04 billion in 2012.  Baggage fees accounted for $3.35 billion, while reservation change fees added up to $2.81 billion.  These ancillary fees helped the 26 passenger U.S. airlines make a net profit of $12.7 billion in 2013, up from a profit of $98 million in 2012.  (Note the shift from “millions” to “billions”.)

Speaking of baggage fees, Frontier Airlines is taking the game to a new level.  In particular, that level above your head.  The Denver-based airline recently started charging passengers up to $50 for storing carry-on luggage in the overhead bin.  If your baggage is small enough to be tucked beneath a seat, you can bring it on free of charge.  Spirit Airlines was the first to impose a carry-on fee in 2010.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Stash Hotel Rewards has announced a pet photo contest in honor of National Pet Month (May) where 3 winners will each receive a two-night stay at any pet-friendly Stash partner hotel.  The “Pack Your Pet photo contest” will run from May 1-25, 2014.  To enter, visit www.facebook.com/stashrewards and submit up to 3 photos of your pet having fun while traveling – on the road, in the hotel, or out exploring.
  • If you travel for business, you know that renting a car can become an expensive proposition – especially when accounting for tolls roads.  Some travelers have been charged a $30 “administrative fee” to process toll expenses for as little as $1.25.  This being the case, car renters are becoming more savvy at avoiding these types of service charge fees.  Here’s 6 ways to avoid these surprise service charges.