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Many airlines charge a fee for checked baggage ranging from $20 to $25 for the first bag, and $20 to $35 for the second bag. Most airlines offer savings on the fees if bags are checked in online on the airline’s website. Additional charges are applied to bags that are oversized or overweight. To avoid surprise fees or additional costs at the airport, check the airline website for baggage information specific to that airline.

There are some airlines that also charge a fee to check bags curbside. Keep in mind that the skycap’s gratuity is not included in the fee. A general rule of thumb for appropriate tipping is $1 per bag if it is checked at curbside; $2 per bag if the skycap takes the bags inside to check-in counter.

For specific shipping and baggage restrictions, such as pets, weapons, hazardous materials, or large or unusual sized items, refer to the airline’s website.

Valuables including medication, passports and jewelry should always be carried with you and not checked inside your luggage. Keep your carry-on luggage with you at all times.

Place identification tags on the outside and inside of your luggage. Tags that are placed on a luggage handle can be easily torn or lost during luggage-handling. An additional strap around the outside of your luggage will serve as a safeguard against tampering or accidental openings.