Kathy Kristof, whom I know from our earlier days when she was on the journalist side and I was an agency public relations executive, shares some practical insights on how to avoid spending unnecessarily on travel on vacations this summer and year-round. In her latest story for Kiplinger, Kathy zeroes in on two of the increasingly pesky expenses many of us consumers would appreciate learning to avoid: Airline Advance Seating Fees and Hotel and Resort Fees.
Anyone who has booked a flight recently is all too familiar with the fees airlines charge for everything from baggage fees, to headphones, to in-flight meals and entertainment, to extra legroom. Now the latest addition is to get a jump on the competition and reserve a seat in advance by paying an extra charge. Why bother when generally, within 24 hours of the flight, you can pick you seat for free?
Airline extra charges aren't the only added expenses travelers often find themselves up against. A word to the wise: beware the fine print when hotel shopping online. An ever-increasing number of hotels are tacking on resort and hotel fees that are not included in the base room price, and if you purchase them in advance you may find that these are not optional charges. Careful consumers can avoid these additional fees by simply reading the fine print before you push the buy button. Be especially vigilant when booking "express deals" like Priceline's "name your own price."
For more on how to save on your next trip, check out How to Avoid Two New (and Vexing) Travel Fees by Kathy Kristof on Kiplinger.com.
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