By Elizabeth Alterman, Next Avenue Contributor

While airline passengers were once preoccupied with worries of lost luggage, today, they’re more concerned about how much they’ll pay for checked bags. With most major carriers charging $30 for the first one and $40 for the second one, the fees are have become a pricey and unwelcome traveling companion.

But there are a few ways to get around the sky-high checked baggage fees, as experts explain below. You’ll likely want to follow their advice since these costs aren’t apt to vanish anytime soon. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s annual airline baggage fee report found that domestic carriers collected nearly $5 billion in baggage fees in 2018 and $1.3 billion in the first quarter of 2019.