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Infinity Incentive Group Offers Tips on Avoiding Travel Fees

[Sunday, August 10th, 2014]

Vacations are often expensive, between airplane tickets, car rental, gasoline, hotels and tickets to local attractions. But one thing that many people fail to factor in when budgeting for a trip is the cost of fees.

Checked baggage fees, highway tolls, credit card foreign transaction fees and other charges can really add up over the course of a vacation. To help folks keep the cost of their next vacation under control, the Infinity Incentive Group has put out a list of tips to avoid or reduce the amount of money people pay in travel fees.

  • Extra car rental insurance is often not needed. Rental companies recommend that people purchase collision-damage and loss-damage waiver insurance, but credit card issuers most often provide this already. Double check your credit card benefits for insurance coverage, and if you are unsure of the policy, give them a call before paying extra for car rental insurance.
  • Foreign transaction fees on credit card purchases can add 2% to every purchase. Infinity recommends travelers use cash and avoid credit cards. But many cards, such as Capital One, don’t charge foreign transaction fees at all. If possible, get a no foreign fee credit card before departure and use this on vacation instead of large amounts of cash, which is not a very safe option.
  • Be sure you know what kind of add-on fees your hotel will charge. These are often unavoidable, but being aware of them will help you budget more accurately. Things like resort fees, housekeeping fees, taxes and Wi-Fi are often not included in the hotel’s advertised base price.

The Infinity Incentive Group recommends that consumers always ask for more information if they are unsure what their money is going toward. All charges should be fully explained.

Saving with credit cards

Many credit cards, especially travel cards and those co-branded with hotels or airlines, offer cardholders savings on fees. Things like free checked bags on flights, free Wi-Fi and room upgrades in hotels, discounts for onboard purchases, free access to airport lounges, no foreign transaction fees and premium car rental insurance included at no extra charge are standard for premium travel credit cards.

To get these discounts, people must use the cards to pay for their travel purchases. For people planning road trips, gas rewards credit cards are a great option to save money. Cash back, rewards points and free concierge service – for making reservations and getting help with itineraries – are some of the reasons using a credit card is a good way to save on vacations.

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