As well-respected travel advisors, we spend most of the year telling people how to avoid paying airline fees. “Hacks,” you might call them. And during the first 47 weeks of the year, that is all sound advice.
Then comes the final week of November, when people who only fly once a year clog airports, and all the rules go out the window. Whereas paying an airline for anything extra most of the time is insulting, during the holidays it can make the difference between smooth travel and a nightmare. If there was ever a time to pay for convenience, this would be it; the only key is knowing which fees are absolutely worth paying — and which are still a waste of money.
We spoke to Gabe Saglie, senior editor at Travelzoo, and he told us about seven airline fees that are wise investments during the holidays.