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Hidden Fees Can Wreck Travel Budget
You finally have saved enough for that special trip. However, there are fees you might not know about – and they can add up, according to NBC News. For example:
Some hotels and resorts tack on a “hotel fee” or a “resort fee,” which they say covers things like wi-fi, fitness centers, pools, etc. The thing is, you have to pay the fee whether you use wi-fi or the other amenities. And those fees can add up.
Currently they average about $27 a night, but in pricey resort locations, the fee can be much higher. In some Hawaii hotels, it is close to $50 a night. Hotels are required to let you know about these fees, although they often are buried in the fine print.
Not all hotels charge a hotel fee, but you should make sure to ask, especially if you are headed to a popular destination.
Added Fees in Basic Economy Air Fares
Several airlines added this fare level fairly recently, as a way to compete with low-budget carriers. However, there is no standard for what passengers can carry on at this fee level.
For example, on Delta you can bring one carry-on that fits in the overhead bin. But United allows you to bring on only a small bag, like a purse, that fits under the seat in front of you. So if you want to fly on these less-expensive fares, make sure you understand what you can and cannot do. Otherwise, you could be looking at fees you did not plan for.
Rental Car Fees
You might think you know what you are going to have to pay for your rental car. But it might be wise to think again. Rental car agencies often add fees for:
Drivers who are 21 to 24 years old. These can cost you $20 to $30 a day.
Adding a person – of any age – as a driver.
Dropping the car off at a city other than the one where you picked it up.
Losing your key, which can set you back $300.
Using the toll-pay feature that can come with the car. This is obviously a convenience, allowing you to scoot through toll booths. But make sure you understand exactly how you will be charged. For example, you might have to pay a daily fee even on days you don’t use it.
Foreign Transaction Fees
These are additional fees you might have to pay if you use your credit card outside of the United States. They typically are about 3 percent of what you spend abroad. Depending on the type of vacation you take, that can add up to a lot.
However, some cards do not charge foreign transaction fees. These cards include all Capital One cards and some cards from Chase, Discover and Bank of America. Check with your card issuer before you go.