Hidden travel fees and how to avoid them – CNN.com

(CNN) Baggage fees, late check-out fees, extra legroom. Everywhere you look, ancillary fees from airlines to hotels are nibbling into travel budgets.The days are gone when buying a flight or a hotel stay meant you’d purchased the full experience.Having been lured in by that attractive basic fare, you can be stung for everything from inflight headset rental to a $6 bottle of water in your suite.

So how does the savvy traveler combat hidden charges and get value for money?It’s time to take charge, says consumer behavior expert Jen Drexler. “You can no longer just show up at the airport, get on whatever seat was chosen for you, show up at any hotel that was chosen for you.”You still have to be a really aggressive consumer.”

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