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Travel Advice | How $20 Can Save You $200

Today’s travel advice might look like something from a gynecology nightmare, but when you consider the prices for checking overweight luggage…the doctor is in. The moral of the story: A $20 Luggage Scale Can Save You $200!

The scale weighs less than a pound and is about the size of ham sandwich, so you can throw it in one of the side pockets in your suitcase and whip it out the night before a flight. They come in both digital and olden time scales.

Weighing the suitcase before you get to the airport is ALWAYS a good idea. No one wants to be that guy at the check-in counter on his hands and knees trying to figure out what to do with the 5 pounds of salt water taffy they bought at the boardwalk.

*Note* Airlines charge MUCH more for overweight international flights as well as overSIZED luggage.

Overweight Luggage Fees:

Airtran: $39-$79

Alaska: $50

American: $60-$100

Continental: $100-$200

Delta: $90-$150

Frontier: $75

JetBlue: $50-$100

Spirit: $25-$100

Southwest: $50

United: $100-$400

US Airways: $90-$175

Virgin: $50-$100

My name is Spencer Howard, and I’m an Concierge/Host/Drunk who has spent the majority of the past 9 years on the road, hopping from hotel to hotel for months at a time. Through trial and mostly error, I’ve become what the airport security line calls an “Expert Traveler.” (It makes my Mother proud) But for those of us who go beyond occasional puddle jumper and enter the world of Hotel Homebody, it takes more than a complimentary mint and a flat screen TV to warm the cockles of our hearts. I hope you have insurance, because I'm gonna be throwing some knowledge bombs at your face. **Feel free to contact me with your questions about Travel Gadgets & Gear**

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