Nebraskans planning a trip over the holidays or a mid-winter break should realize that flying today has changed a lot. Rick Seaney is the founder and CEO of fareCompare.com and says there have been big changes with boarding passes. Seaney says not having a printed pass can get socked with a fine.
Seaney says, “it depends on the airline. Spirit Airlines, Frontier will charge you a fee for that, a pretty hefty one, over $20 in some cases. Most people depend on their smart phones if they travel a lot. It is always a good idea, especially if you don’t travel very often, print it off at home. They do have kiosks at the airport and most airlines, Legacy Carriers, Southwest will let you print them off or you can actually get to a gate agent but there are fewer of them there so it is harder to get that boarding pass. It is a good idea to have a paper copy just in case your phone fails.”
Then there is luggage. More people are taking carry-ons to save a few bucks checking bags. Seaney says if you are not the first 50 people boarding the plane you will most likely end up gate checking the bag. The good news is most airlines don’t charge a fee. Some airlines do have the technology to charge you on the spot so be aware of that. Make sure that your bag is within the 50 pound weight limit. Anything over that can cost you upwards of $200 to $300.
Nebraskans looking to book a flight after the holidays for a vacation can expect steady to slightly lower airfare prices in 2019. Seaney says, “Fuel prices have gone down a little bit and the economy isn’t as heated as it once was. I expect prices to be flat or down slightly next year. This year was really good to travel to Europe. The dollar was very strong. You had a bunch of ultra-low cost carries like Norwegian, Wow, Icelandic Air and Finnair that were doing cheap stuff that needed to be matched. I expect that to continue. Europe will be cheap next year and ticket prices pretty flat.”