Some ways to avoid excess baggage fees include knowing the airline's rules and weighing and measuring baggage before going to the airport. Checking the airline's baggage fees and policies in advance of booking also helps passengers make an informed choice.
Getting elite status with an airline often comes with the perk of free baggage, and airline-branded credit cards sometimes offer free or discounted baggage rates. Using products such as vacuum bags or pocketed travel vests can also help cut down on unwanted fees. Packing light, with travel-sized toiletries and lightweight fabrics, also reduces chances of an overweight bag. In addition, heavier suitcases leave less weight available for contents, so lighter weight construction is preferable.