Travel Tips

Know Before You Go: How to Avoid Airline, Cruise & Hotel Fees

All too often, you come back home from a trip with a credit card bill that is much bigger than you expected. What’s to blame? Unanticipated fees and hidden costs. In 2012, airline fees alone generated $36 billion worldwide. And there are also hotel, cruise and international travel fees.

This week, Correspondent Alyssa Caverley offers a four-step guide to avoiding baggage fees, detecting hidden hotel charges, bypassing the most common cruise costs, and getting around international roaming and currency fees.

For more time and money-saving secrets, check out the other episodes of Know Before You Go series including how to travel solo, how to find affordable accommodations, how to travel home for less, how to survive a road trip, how to prevent lost luggage, how to sight-see on public transportation, how to find free Wi-Fi, how to pack everything into a carry-on, the travel beauty essentials and when to upgrade an economy seat. Plus, if you need to upgrade your travel gear, we have a guide to finding the best gifts and gear for travelers.

By Alyssa Caverley for

Shot using a Sony HDR AX-2000 HD camera.