Q. We're planning to take an Alaska Cruise and of course we have to fly into Seattle. In addition to the cold weather gear, our five year old will also be joining us. Packing light isn't an option. We'll be flying United and American, and I'm a little concerned about checked bag fees. Is there a way around this?

A. We feel your pain. First bags, fourth bags, Overweight, oversized...oof...those bag fees can certainly add up! You may have better (cheaper) luck by shipping your luggage ahead? We're not sure exactly how much your planning to pack, but you can figure out airline costs by consulting our baggage fee chart. Got it? Now check out your shipping options. Which works best for you?

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