When it comes to vacationing, most people don’t travel on a whim. They spend months stalking booking sites for the lowest airfare and bargain accommodations. But it’s more than just vacation expenses that can break your budget. Miscellaneous costs can add up quickly if you’re not careful. And unfortunately, fair pricing at the airport is about as rare as additional leg room on a plane.
Tack on a few common airport mistakes, and you could find your expenses climbing higher than an airplane at 30,000 feet. Here are 15 of the costliest airport mistakes, ranked from bad to worse to downright illegal.
15. Buying water
- Price of your mistake: $5
Thirsty travelers often make the big mistake of paying for water bottles once they get through the security checkpoint at the airport. But airport retailer Hudson News recently came under fire for selling $5 bottles of water to passengers — which is a 300% markup for one of the most basic necessities.
The Transportation Security Administration wants you to know though you can’t bring a full water bottle through security, you can save a few bucks per person by bringing an empty water bottle in your carry-on to fill up once inside the gates.
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