How to avoid 5 outrageous travel fees

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Whether you’ve been traveling for years or planning your very first trip, there are a few sneaky fees that can take a chunk of your budget no matter how prepared you are.

With travel-related companies constantly updating their policies, it’s easy to overlook a rule or new guideline that may result in being charged a staggering fee. According to the Bankrate, domestic airfare prices jumped more than 8 percent from last year. In addition to airfare prices skyrocketing, many airlines are now charging for services that were once complimentary.

Taking into account airfare increases and policy changes, there are still simple ways to avoid pesky travel fees when planning your next trip.

Check out the slideshow below filled with tips and tricks to steer clear of travel fees:

Foreign Transaction Fees

The best way to avoid these fees is to withdraw the cash you want to spend before boarding the plane to your destination. This way, you won’t have to worry about being charged a fee to swipe your card and you can also create a budget for yourself. 

Data Roaming 

The best way to avoid this fee is to notify your phone carrier service ahead of time that you plan on traveling out of the country. Oftentimes, the company will have international plans that you can initiate before your trip. 

Internet Fees

The best way to avoid this fee is to use the internet at locations that provide the free service such as cafes or coffee shops or even the hotel lobby. 

Baggage Fees

The best way to avoid this fee is to check and make sure your airline allows you to check in bags for free. If the airline you selected doesn’t offer that service, carrying on a smaller suitcase is an alternative option. 

Ticket Cancellation

This best way to avoid this fee is to use the 24-hour cancellation window most transportation services provide. However, if you are unsure about your trip while you’re booking it, consider paying for cancellation insurance. While it may make the ticket more expensive, it also give you the comfort of cancelling your ticket whenever you want. 

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