How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off on Christmas Travel

If you don't want to fly Christmas Day, you can still catch a break by splitting the difference and flying on one of the other "cheaper" days. Or travel early, on or before the magical date of Dec. 18.

4. Avoid rip-off non-stops

Here's an easy way to save 15 percent to 20 percent on most holiday flights: Take a connecting flight instead of a non-stop. Sure, non-stops are quicker and more convenient, but in most cases you'll pay a premium and who needs that?

5. Avoid baggage rip-offs Baggage rip-offs come in all guises but the most typical is the checked-bag fee; on most airlines this fee will set back a family of four by $200. Try these options instead:

• Fly JetBlue or Southwest: Both offer free checked-bags

• Use a carry-on bag: Free on most airlines (Rick Seaney recommended!)

• Check but consolidate: Family members can share bags to avoid overweight fees

This is scary: On some airlines, the overweight baggage fee costs eight times as much as the standard checked-bag fee! And remember, you pay the overweight fee on top of the checked-bag fee. Did you know your jeans can actually weigh a pound or two? Pack the khakis, wear the Levis and weigh your bag at home on a scale you trust to be sure you don't go over the limit. As I've been saying, don't get ripped off.

The opinions expressed by Rick Seaney are his alone and not those of ABC News.

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