Call hidden fees unfair and deceptive
Consumer groups are demanding the Department of Transportation restore comparison shopping for airline customers, claiming passengers are being gauged on everything from seat assignments to checked baggage this holiday season.
"They're going to hit you, and hit you and hit you," says Tom Parsons with BestFares.com. "By the time you get to your destination your head will be spinning and you'll wish you never went."
Parsons says it pays to do your homework, and travel light.
"If you're flying as a single traveler, you're going to get hit probably a lot worse," he says. "But the more people in your party, the fewer suitcases you check, I think you have a better shot of flying on the cheap."
Many passengers don't realize airlines have lowered their weight limit on checked bags.
"If you're one of those consumers who believe you can check bags up to 50 pounds, you get to the airport, I promise you'll be dinged for that extra ten pounds," says Parsons.
Watch out for those discount carriers. By the time you add up all the fees, you’re paying close to regular price for United, Delta and American.