7 Things Airlines Don't Want You To Know

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
This post was originally published May 29, 2015.

There's nothing like jetting off to an exotic tropical locale to enjoy a well-deserved vacation, only to arrive and find that your bags didn't make it. Looks like you'll be stuck living in your airplane sweats for the next two days. Thanks, [insert airline name here].

Of course, traveling is always a little hectic, especially as airlines try to cut costs and cram more passengers onto planes. "Airlines are not evil, but they're capitalists. And, at times, not entirely helpful," Rob Cassidy, president of travel retailer eBags, told Refinery29 in an email. "If you're not prepared, you can easily add $100 or more to the cost of your trip."

We reached out to several travel experts to discuss some of the ridiculous problems within the airline industry — and get tips for what you can do to prepare before your next trip.

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