Travel with Confidence

travel suitcasHeading home or planning an out of town vacation over the holidays?

Regardless of when you choose to travel, it’s always smart to understand and plan ahead for fees that might add to the cost of your trip.  Check out some of our tips to cut back on unnecessary expenses:

  • If traveling by plane, be sure you travel as light as you can. Some airlines will charge you up to $25 for one extra bag and up to $50 for the second – and so on. Also, if your bag is over 50 pounds, you may be charged an additional fee as well.
  • Read the fine print – or ask lots of questions – when booking your flight.  Some airlines will charge extra for seats with extra leg room, like emergency rows.  And in certain instances, “priority” boarding comes with a fee.
  • When traveling by car, use an app such as “Gas Buddy,” to find the best price of gas in the area where you are traveling. You can save hundreds of dollars on an extended trip by saving a little bit of money here and there on gas.
  • Consider pre-booking your hotel rooms when you are traveling or use rewards points for discounted and/or free rooms.
  • If you are traveling to a foreign country, make sure you understand the feeing structure for ATM and debit card use. In most instances, using your debit card is preferred (even above using your credit card) and will keep your costs down. Also, be sure you let your financial institution know you are traveling out of the country so holds will not be placed on your transactions and unnecessary fees will be avoided.