6 Ways to Avoid Excess Travel Fees

View as Slideshow

© Digital Vision/Thinkstock
Be careful of extra leg-room charges
Some airlines are now offering extra leg-room seats. Here’s the catch: they will charge you upwards of $59 for that premium. Don’t fall for it. If it is the only seat available on that flight, consider booking on a different airline.
Plus: The Do's and Don't's of Finding a Great Travel Deal

© Hemera/Thinkstock
Pack your own food
Flights across the country don’t even offer free peanuts or pretzels. A cookie can run you almost $4. Pack sandwiches, snacks and fruit to save money.
Plus: The Do's and Don't's of Finding a Great Travel Deal

© Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Thinkstock
Beware of hidden hotel charges
Some hotels charge for WiFi connections-as much as $30 a day. Ask the hotel to deduct it from your bill if you are not using the service. Check with other hotels in the area to see if they charge for the Internet. You may get it for free.
Plus: The Do's and Don't's of Finding a Great Travel Deal

Content continues below ad

© Martin Poole/Stockbyte/Thinkstock
Your extra baggage could cost you
Check out how much baggage fees cost before you book your flight. Some airlines offer free check-in luggage. That can save a family almost $100.
Plus: The Do's and Don't's of Finding a Great Travel Deal

© Maria Teijeiro/Photodisc/Thinkstock
Don't get rental car insurance if you don't need it
Check your car insurance to see if you need to take out extra insurance while renting a car. You may already be covered.
Plus: The Do's and Don't's of Finding a Great Travel Deal

© Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Thinkstock
Ask for freebies
In this economy you should ask hotels for a free upgrade, one night free, free parking or free kids’ meals. You don’t ask, you don’t get!
Plus: The Do's and Don't's of Finding a Great Travel Deal

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram

@kristencarney

Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.

@sixthformpoet

Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”

@NicCageMatch

Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.

Reader's Digest Survey