How to Avoid Certain Travel Fees

by Allie Moore

Feb 11, 2019

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Tips / Travel

You’ve scrimped and you’ve saved and your long-awaited trip is finally upon you, but travel has the ability to sneak in fees here and there that can end up costing you a lot more than you had budgeted for. Here are a few such fees to be aware of and tips on how to evade them.


With airlines, especially those with ridiculously low fares, watch out for last-minute add-on fees that aren’t included in your ticket price. Things like seat selection, in-flight meals, priority boarding and even printing your boarding pass can come with extra costs. Know what’s included before you book your ticket.


Do your research and know what fees may await you when you land in your destination country. Some countries require visas for U.S. nationals, which may or may not come with additional entry fees upon arrival. For visas you can simply purchase once you arrive, you may not be aware of these fees until you get there.


Try not to exchange any of your dollar bills before you depart as the fees will be astronomical, and as tempting as it may be, bypass the currency exchange booths at the airport, which also charge heavy fees to change money. Instead, pull cash out of an ATM in your destination for the lowest possible conversion rates. Just be sure to alert your bank in advance that you’ll be using your card abroad.


In the same vein, check to see which (if any) of your credit cards come with international transaction fees. Use only those with no fees, or plan to use cash consistently, saving the card for emergencies only.


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