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One Unexpected Thing to Be Aware of When Getting an Airline Credit Card

If you signed up for one of those airline credit cards that promises a “free” checked bag, you may encounter an unexpected gotcha. Those cards encourage you to add a card for your spouse to the account. But beware that the fine print on those cards limits the free bag to the “primary” or “base” cardholder only. So if your spouse is traveling alone and wants to check a bag, he or she has to pay the regular checked-bag fee.

Obviously, this probably ranks pretty low on most travelers’ “airline aggravations” lists. But it demonstrates, again, the big lines’ thin ears to consumer issues. Be warned.

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