Latest Infographic: Avoiding Baggage Fees and Saving Money on Travel

by on July 26, 2011

Baggage fees are one of the many nuisances of modern day travel. But as it turns out, they’re avoidable if you use the right credit card.

We’ve put together an infographic with information on how you can use your credit card to avoid the $25+ charges levied on checked bags, along with some information on which credit cards can help you gain that most of elusive of airline perks – Elite status.

With Elite status, not only do you avoid paying to put your bags in the cargo hold, but you can also enjoy things like discounted or free upgrades, 50% mileage bonuses on future flights, and free food, drinks, and wifi in luxury airline lounges.

Click through to see the full-sized graphic:

 For more info on the cards that will get you free bags:

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card
Chase United Airlines Mileage Plus Credit Card
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on Chase's
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  • Start with 30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • Check your first bag for free — save up to $100 per round-trip
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year
  • No foreign transaction fees!
  • Earn double miles on United ticket purchases, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as you're a Cardmember, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United flight
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
thumbsupPros
  • No foreign transaction fee
thumbsdownCons
  • Has annual fee
Annual Fee Signup Bonus APR , Variable* APR Promotions
$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95 Start with 30,000 bonus miles after your spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. 15.24% (Variable) Purchase: None
Transfer: None

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card
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on American Express's
secure website

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  • Earn 30K bonus miles after you make $1K in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn As You Spend: Get 2X miles on Delta purchases and 1X miles for all other eligible dollars spent.
  • Check your first bag free on every Delta flight - that's a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Premium Travel Perks: Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Restrictions Apply.
thumbsdownCons
  • Has annual fee
  • Needs excellent credit
Annual Fee Signup Bonus APR , Variable* APR Promotions
$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95 Earn 30K bonus miles after you make $1K in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. 15.24% - 19.24% Variable None

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