Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hidden fees vacationers aren’t expecting


Discovering hidden fees you weren’t expecting while on vacation is one of the worst feelings and it can put a bit of a cloud over your otherwise sunny summer vacation.  Whether it's a fee for checking an overweight suitcase or having to pay for internet use at your hotel.

The most common hidden fees are ones that are common but unpredictable and difficult to budget for and record, making keeping track of these travel expenses much tougher to deal with than need be.

There can be quite a few hidden fees charged by the airlines.  Expenses will include things that usually go unnoticed in most circumstances.  Some of these expenses are ordering a soft drink, buying or renting a headset to watch a movie or other entertainment that is offered or of course buying food.

Luggage fees aren’t usually considered as hidden fees because you know what those are upfront, which doesn’t make them any easier to handle, it just makes them more noticeable.

When it comes to booking your hotel, you should ask about fees for internet use, parking your car and the use of the phone.  These fees are usually added on to your bill when you check out and can be a surprise if you aren’t expecting them.

Renting a car can also have some hidden fees attached.  Some of the more common hidden fees you might be charged when renting a car can be, tolls, late returns of the car, and dropping off a one-way rental.  Another rule of thumb for renting a car is to make sure you check the car for damage before you accept it.  If there is any damage at all bring it to someone’s attention and ask that it’s noted somewhere or ask for a different vehicle.  I’m not saying that this is a way for a rental agency to charge multiple customers for the same damage but it can sometimes be overlooked and why should a careful driver like yourself be charged for someone else's mishap.

One final hidden fee is fuel, all drivers should be aware of the fact that you need to return your rental car with a full tank of gas.  If you return the car with anything less than a 100 percent full tank of fuel, they will charge you to fill the tank and their charge for fuel will be a lot higher than what it would’ve cost you to fill the car yourself because they will charge you at a premium.

One of the main things to keep in mind when vacationing, is that there are usually no freebies.  Just about everything you take for granted will have some sort of cost added to it, and if you keep this in mind on your journey, you should make it without too many hidden fees.

Happy Travels!!!
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