A: Next please. Hello sir, may I see your passport, please?
B: Yes. Here you go.
A: Will you be checking any bags today?
B: Yes, I'd like to check three pieces.
A: I'm sorry, sir. Airline policy allows only two pieces of checked luggage, at twenty kilograms each, plus one piece of carry-on luggage. I'll have to charge you extra for the additional suitcase.
B: What? Why! I'm taking an intercontinental flight. I'm flying sixteen thousand kilometers. How am I supposed to only take two twenty kilo bags? That's absurd.
A: I'm sorry, sir. There's nothing I can do. You cannot board the flight with that large bag either. Carry-on bags must fit in the overhead compartment or under your seat. That bag is clearly too big.
B: Now I see. You charge next to nothing for international ticket, but when it comes to charging for any other small thing, you charge an arm and a leg! So tell me, Miss, how much will I have to pay for all of this?
A: Let's see. Six hundred and twenty five us dollars.
B: That's more than any round-trip ticket.
I'd like to check three pieces.
I'm going to check two pieces of luggage.
a piece of luggage
two/three pieces of luggage.
I'd like to check in.
I'd like to check out.
board the train/ship/bus/flight
He charged me $20 for this book.
We won't charge any extra fee.
What an absurd thing to say!
There's nothing I can do.
I'm sorry. I can't help you with that. There's nothing I can do.
cost next to nothing
Let's go to Thailand. Tickets cost next to nothing right now.
Do you like my new house? It was so cheap that it almost costs next to nothing.
charge an arm and a leg
cost an arm and a leg
The house cost me an arm and a leg.
This ring cost me an arm and a leg.