I rarely check a bag when flying, and it’s not because I want to save on baggage fees (although that would be more important if I didn’t already get two free checked bags because I’m an elite flyer on several airlines). I don’t check bags because: a) It’s time-consuming to show up early and then on the other side to wait for your bag at baggage claim, and b) You lose your freedom to jump on an earlier flight if yours is delayed.
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