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If You're Flying This Summer, Fly Smart

Reduce your airfare and travel hassles.

ByABC News via logo
June 1, 2010, 7:41 PM

June 2, 2010 — -- With airline fees rising and flights becoming fewer and more crowded, there's a potential for real frustration at the airports this summer.

In response to the problem, the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to propose changes to airline rules that could affect how much travelers pay in extra fees.

Last month the DOT implemented new rules mandating that airlines had to allow passengers to leave airplanes that were delayed on the tarmac for hours, and the penalties to airlines for bumping passengers from overbooked flights could increase.

Click HERE to learn more about the new airline regulations.

Mellody Hobson, "Good Morning America" personal finance contributor, appeared on the show today to discuss the issue.

Hobson, who is president of Ariel Investments, offered some money-saving tips.

Click HERE to read more about airline fees.

Check your bags online. If you know you are going to check a bag, visit your airline's Web site. You'll usually find different pricing options for checking your bags at the airport as opposed to checking them in online.