Think you've just planned the perfect budget vacation? Make sure you've calculated all the costs before you hit book. Whether it's for amenities that were once free or for little luxuries, travel fees can add up.
From planes, trains and automobiles to hotels, there are dozens of hidden, not-so-hidden and unexpected fees being charged to travelers that can really put a dent in your travel budget. U.S. hotels charged an estimated $2.25 billion in total fees and surcharges in 2014, according to New York University's Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management.
Don't get caught off guard. Research possible fees before your trip, ask questions and carefully review your bills at the hotel and car rental counter before you sign and leave. It's difficult to dispute charges once you've hastily signed for them and paid.
Cheapflights.com reviews eight types of fees to remember and tips on how to avoid letting these pesky costs turn your budget vacation into an exorbitant excursion.