3 Hidden Travel Fees That Will Cost You Hundreds

Kelsey Clark

It's easy to underestimate the cost of a vacation—especially when lowered inhibitions, alcohol, and shopping are involved. But pettiness aside, hidden travel fees can amount to a pretty penny when all is said and done, potentially adding hundreds, even thousands, of dollars to your bottom line. While we've determined exactly how to beat jet lag and create an Instagram-worthy itinerary, nothing is worse than ending your trip with a dash of financial anxiety due to unforeseen costs. Before your next trip, either budget for or avoid the following hidden travel fees, courtesy of U.S. News and World Report:

Checked baggage fees: Either pack a carry-on or prepare to shell out $25 or more per bag on certain airlines. Call your favored airline in advance to get the lowdown. 

Airline seat selection fees. If getting a window or an aisle seat is of the utmost importance to you, there's a chance you'll spend anywhere from $5 to $80 just to snag the ideal seat. Choose seats in advance to avoid fees and get your group seated together.

Resort fees. These fees, meant to cover the cost of pool and gym usage and in-room Wi-Fi at resorts, aren't always included in the advertised price. Call resorts in advance to avoid an additional $50 to $60 per night in fees, or to budget for them accordingly.

For more hidden travel fees, head over to U.S. News and World Report and share your budgeting tips with us below!

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