Chris Elliott has a list of the five worst airline fees and how you can avoid them. Unfortunately, all too often the answer is either "you can't," "fly another airline that doesn't charge this fee," or inconvenience yourself in ways small (take a smaller bag on board) to large (only buy your ticket at the airport. In cash. In unmarked $50s and $100s. While wearing a sequined tutu and aviator goggles. Kidding, but it's starting to feel that way, isn't it?).