Travel cheap: nine ways to save on air travel

Here are some travel experts' top tips and tools to hold costs down a bit.

8. Plan ahead to save on fees.

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In this April 15, 2008 file photo a Northwest plane is seen parked as travelers wait for their flight at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Detroit.

Some advance research can help you know if you want to travel with a carry-on bag only (to save a baggage fee) or to bring your own lunch rather than buy one at the airport or on the plane. Some websites, including Travelocity offer a comparison chart on baggage fees at major airlines.

Your calculations can even extend to costs after your flight lands. Can you save by using public transit to get to a hotel or to a rental-car agency further from the airport, where rates are lower? If you need lodging, websites like Quikbook or can help you shop around.

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