When we decide to take a trip, it is very common that we set a budget and that we validate before our departure that the different costs of our trip will be covered in our budget. Like many others, you have surely been taken with additional charges of any kind.
TRAVELPRE today wants to make you aware of the existence of these additional charges so that you can plan them… or avoid them!! So here is a list of fees that you could try to avoid in your next trip, a list to keep to hand to save.
With the arrival of the various websites of travel, know that in the majority of cases, the companies will promote the use of these sites. How do they promote the booking of your trip via these sites? Simply by charging you a booking fee, an extra charge that is requested when you book your ticket via the phone or in person with an agent. This fee, normally charged by airfare, can easily go up to $50. So ask yourself before you make your reservation and confirm that the booking fee will not be charged to you.
The airfare is chosen: now the seats! Before selecting your seat, be sure to read the fine print on the page or the company’s policy. With the difficulties of the airlines, it is now common to charge you a fee so that you can select your seat. For example, the following companies charge a fee: AirTran, Spirit, United, US Airways and Virgin America. If you are not too difficult for your seat, wait until you arrive at the airport and let the agent assign you a seat. When you arrive early, you should have a very good place anyway.
Two aspects to look at here to save costs. First, make sure you read the baggage policy of the airline you are going to take. Not all companies have the same policy (number, weight, size) and it could cost you a lot. You can think of some low-cost airlines like Ryan Air that offers very low prices but on the condition that you only have one carry-on. If you have a suitcase to put in the hold, you will see that the price of your airfare will not be the same at all the same. In fact, you will be charged a registration fee for your baggage to be put in the hold. So a small one to save: Well read your airline’s baggage policy so you don’t have to pay extra for your baggage.
In connection with the baggage, another small detail. Some companies will ask you to register your baggage online in advance. If you do not, you will be charged an extra fee. The US Airways, United, and Spirit companies are an example of a company that applies this rule.
Car insurance Cost
It should be known that collision insurance (collision-Damage Waiver insurance – CDW) is an important way for car rental companies to make money. But did you know that there is a strong chance that you will already be covered via your credit card? So given the high cost of this insurance, travel space strongly encourages you to validate with your credit card company whether or not you need to take it with the car rental company.
Fresh at the hotel
Good, we are all well aware that taking a few things in the mini fridge leads to extra costs. But what else? Why not avoid extra charges by asking the following questions when you arrive at the hotel.
– Is there an additional fee to use the Internet in my room or in the common areas?
– Is there an extra charge to use the business centre, the pool, the workout room or the sauna?
– is lunch or coffee served for free?
– How much does it cost to rent a movie?
– How much does the hotel parking cost?