Top 10 Airfare Tips for 2009: No. 10

10. Consider the extra fees before you buy.

If Southwest has a fare of $198 and United has one for $148, and you are checking three bags, then Southwest actually has the lowest fare because Southwest charges nothing for the first two checked bags, whereas United would charge you an additional $165 each way. You can find baggage fee charts here

Go back to tip 1.