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Travel Tools: New Fee Chart on Southwest.com

Christina Talcott

By now, everyone knows about the airlines' new fees for checked baggage, snacks and drinks, all of which used to be complimentary. We've run a number of stories about those extra charges, and now Southwest Airlines has posted a helpful chart listing all its competitors' fees. The chart was created by Rick Seaney, who is not affiliated with Southwest. It originally appeared on his blog.

Southwest is posting the chart because it shows that the airline doesn't charge nearly as many fees as the other guys. Despite all that's going on in the financial world, it's been a pretty good week for the discount airline; it was just named most reliable airline by Forbes.com after a study of all major American carriers.

We'll rank it #1 in the Helpful Chart Posting category.

Another chart on Searney's blog details international airlines' carry-on baggage rules.

And one more: the man decodes frequent flier programs.

What are other charts you'd like to see? If only we could tell you when, oh when, to buy that ticket to visit Grandma over Christmas...

By Christina Talcott |  October 8, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  | Category:  Christina Talcott
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I just flew back from Heathrow on United and checked a bag. As far as I know, i wasn't charged a fee. Are they collecting cash at the checkin desks or are they just charging your original credit card used for booking? Or could i have just been lucky and not been charged?

Posted by: TKPK | October 8, 2008 10:44 AM

What other charts do we want to see? Whah? Isn't there anything else out there to blog about?

Posted by: Luv2Travel | October 8, 2008 11:39 AM

I flew Ryanair from Pisa to Stanstead. I had 2 bags, a standard carryon about 21" long and a zippered tote bag about 18" square, plus a purse and jacket. They told me I had to check one bag, so I did -- and was charged the equivalent of $35. I'd paid $80-something for the flight (booked on the 'Net in advance), so this added considerably to the cost. Moral of the story: if you're flying on Ryanair, ship your purchases home!

Posted by: PLozar | October 8, 2008 3:42 PM

Re: Other charts: How about which airlines have the latest aircraft, e.g., 777 and 787 "Dreamliner" in their fleets? How about which seats are the best ones away from kids and infants for each aircraft class? How about the best cabins on large cruise ships for each cruise line, e.g., are they forward, midship or aft, or are they the ones closest to the top deck or the ones closest to the water?

Posted by: Shep C. Willner | October 14, 2008 2:23 PM

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