Search, pack, and take off.
The holiday season is right around the corner and everyone is looking for the cheapest deals they can find. Using frequent flyer miles might sound like a good idea to reduce plane ticket prices, but be cautious of late-booking fees if you book a flight leaving in a few days or weeks.
Getting a rental car? Make sure not to go through cashless toll booths without a car mounted pass. Some car rental companies can charge you a transponder fee, which can run $5 a day, and an administration fee, which can run $10-15.
So if you’re doing the math: A 50-cent toll can cost you $20.
Found a great hotel deal? Be aware that some third-party websites will give you an advertised price up front, but then later add hotel resort fees that cover amenities.
And remember, if you book through a third-party site and there’s an issue, you’re refunds will be harder to get. Also, if you’re researching online, give them a call, too. Sometimes they can offer better prices over the phone.
Thinking of skipping the hotel and going for alternative housing? Sites like Airbnb that offer homes for vacation stay may charge a lower nightly rate, but then they may charge a cleaning and daily parking fee.
So make sure you’re asking for all extra fees to be in writing before you sign up.