Airfare Expert: Airline fees are worth it during holidays

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  1. sobore
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    You know you're going to pay plenty for Thanksgiving and Christmas airline tickets, so now may be the perfect time to check out any fee-based perks you've been meaning to try. A holiday experiment makes sense on a couple of levels:

    Cost ratio: Thanksgiving tickets are almost always expensive, while prices of most perks don't change throughout the year, so your fee-to-airfare ratio during the holidays is at its lowest. Say you find a sweet deal for $100 round trip in the spring; who wants to ruin that great price with even a single penny in fees? On the other hand, if your Thanksgiving ticket is $400, what's a few bucks more? A perk like confirming aisle or window seats at booking may seem downright reasonable, especially on American where reserved seating starts at just $4 each-way.

    Stress factor: Holidays are family-travel times, and shepherding kids through crowded airports, slow security lines and hassles at the gate can be tiresome. So why not treat yourself to a perk or two? A fee for early boarding (just $10 on Southwest) can mean getting settled on the plane quickly in seats of your choice so you arrive rested and ready for the festivities.

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    USAToday let's fees really shine! Nice ad!:D

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