Earlier this month, Frontier became the latest airline to charge for putting a bag in an overhead luggage compartment, following the lead of Spirit and Allegiant.
If you pay the fee when you book your ticket on line, it’ll cost you $25–$20 if you’re a member of the airline’s frequent flyer club. Wait until you get to the airport to reserve that space, and the fee is a whopping $50. Oh, and if you want to check in on line, it’ll cost you $25. At the airport it’ll cost you ten bucks more. Want a seat assignment ahead of your flight? Choose one for $3 when you book on line; wait to get to the airport, and it’ll cost you $8.
Delta will sell you in-flight Wi-fi on line before your trip for less than it’ll cost you when you’re onboard the plane. Southwest will sell you a priority position in its boarding line that will get you on the plane before most other passengers. The lesson is: Do as much as you can before you get to the airport for a smoother trip and to save some money.