How To Avoid Crazy Travel Fees

5:52 AM, Jun 19, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Summer travel season is in full swing and you are probably looking to save wherever you can, especially with travel fees rising. has pulled together a list of fees that are almost hard to believe -- and how you can avoid them. 

  1. Did you know you could be charged as much as $35 to book a plane ticket over the phone? Thank goodness for the web. You can avoid potential surcharges by booking over the Internet.
  2. Some airlines have started charging passengers up to $5 to print boarding passes at the airport. That can really add up. You figure an extra $40 for a family, round trip. The easy way to avoid this fee is to print your passes at home and bring them with you.
  3. If you want to take a quick nap during your flight, it might cost you. US Airways now charges $7 for a "Power-Nap Sack,"  an upgrade from a standard issue pillow, including a blanket, inflatable neck pillow, eyeshades and earplugs. If you don't want to pay this fee you just have to make do without an airline-issued pillow.
  4. If you are traveling abroad, expect credit card surcharges on foreign purchases. These travel fees are typically about 3 percent of the purchase price. To avoid them consider prepaying international hotel and car rental costs while you are still in the U.S. Also, consider using a credit card that does not charge extra currency conversions and spending overseas.
  5. Watch out for airport fees. Rental car companies located within airports have to pay fees to the airport to operate in their facilities. In return, they pass the charges on to you in the form of a "concession recovery fee." Avoid paying this cost by renting a car from a non-airport location.

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