Plane Angst

5 Things to Guarantee a Lousy Trip

You’re all excited and why not – you’re going on vacation! – but did you think of everything? Most of us don’t so take a look at this list of things that could delay you or cost you money – things that will get your trip off to a lousy start.… Read More


Updated: April 28, 2016

Crowded cabin of plane

5 Ways to Find a Better Seat on the Plane

We may be getting bigger, but airplane seats sure aren’t. If you’re tired of squeezing your posterior (or legs) into a space seemingly designed for a toddler, this will help. Warning: Bigger or better seats usually come with a fee but some fees are worth the money. We help you get a better seat… Read More


Updated: April 19, 2016

Ready for travel

5 Ways to Gamble with Bag Fees – And Lose

If you’ll be traveling during the holidays (or anytime) remember this: baggage fees are optional and paying them can be something of a gamble. Here are some bets you should try to avoid. LISTEN: Don’t be a loser! 5 Ways to Gamble with Bag Fees 1. Betting you know the… Read More


Updated: December 2, 2015

Holiday Bags

Beware Holiday Bag Fees

Most once-a-year travelers know airlines typically charge a fee for checked-bags, but even seasoned fliers can find it hard to keep up with all the fee changes, especially during the holidays. We’re here to help with updated fee information and useful tips on avoiding or reducing baggage fees anytime you… Read More

Stacks of money.

Do Not Pay Bag Fees: 5 New Avoidance Techniques

As most U.S. flyers know, there are two main ways to avoid baggage fees: Fly Southwest – the lone remaining carrier with free checked-bags – or use a carry-on. However, Allegiant, Frontier and Spirit charge for all bags. New Ways to Avoid Bag Fees But hold on! There are other… Read More


Updated: November 17, 2015

Suitcase packing

What Size Carry-on Do You Need?

In a recent column for ABC News, I wrote about “The Big Bag Theory” (apologies to Sheldon and colleagues) because everyone was getting very excited about new guidelines issued by a trade organization called International Air Transport Association. No need to get excited but there are excellent reasons to travel… Read More


Updated: November 17, 2015

trying to get to the plane

Should I Pack a Carry-on Bag or a Checked-Bag?

I’ve been asked to weigh in on this earth-shattering question many, many times: Carry-on or checked-bag? My answer is always the same: Pack a carry-on. But maybe not for the reason you think. LISTEN: Rick Seaney’s got a brand new bag. Why Pack a Carry-on Bag The are four important… Read More


Updated: June 3, 2015