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Avoid Extra Summer Travel Fees

7 tips from AAA on cutting travel charges when you go on vacation

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    If you need to change your airline ticket, you will have to pay a fee plus the difference in price. Southwest is one of the few that only charges for the difference and does not penalize you for changing your plans.

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    There's always fees when converting money out of the country. Shop around for who has the best fees. Banks are usually the least expensive compared to hotels and currency exchanges.

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    Research your airline's baggage fees. Most have fees and weight limits of up to 50 pounds. You might save money by prepaying these fees. If you have luggage that's small enough to pass as a carry on, some airlines may check it at the gate for free.

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    When traveling abroad, most credit cards charge a transaction fee of 1 to 3%. Before leaving home, call your company to let them know you'll be abroad and see what fees they charge. If you have multiple cards, use the one with the lowest rate. If all else fails, bring extra cash.

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    If a cruise is your vacation of choice, read your bar tab carefully. The cruise line usually factors in a 15 to 18% gratuity so there's no need for you to tip additionally.

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    Planning an excursion during your cruise? Pre-book through a travel agent or a website other than the cruise line's. Good deals are out there, and finding them beforehand will secure your spot and possibly save a few dollars.

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    Hotels are full of hidden fees. Parking can reach $30 a day and Internet access could reach $20. Avoid these by doing your research and choosing a hotel based on your needs. Choose one with free Internet access if needed and know what your transportation adds up to.

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