The travel business is more robust and competitive than before. With new deals springing up almost daily, there’s never been a much better time to take a company or pleasure excursion. Needless to say, before you plop your money down on the (digital) counter, you should know that not every deal you run across is really a deal. As a way to make prices look fairer, travel companies will happily emphasize the base rate, extras in the small print and while burying all the little fees. This practice of unbundling” that was “ has gotten out of hand, and these sneakily added costs can definitely add up if you’re not attentive. Don’t worry, though; we’ve done the research and are aware of these hidden fees so you’re not blindsided when faced with the final tally, or at least to allow you to avoid paying through the nose.
1. Everyone Loves the Window Seat
While there remain airlines out there with a first come, first serve basis, there are lots of airlines that will actually bill passengers more if they choose to sit close to the window or aisle. Airlines know that the middle seat is not wanted by anybody, so they figure they could bill customers for the privilege of choosing a much better seat. The price bump can be as much as $30 one way, thus make sure you’re paying attention to the difference in costs when booking your flight and choosing your seat.