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Hidden fees lurking behind holiday travel deals

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Posted at 7:50 AM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 08:50:42-05

MILWAUKEE — AAA reports in Wisconsin more than a million people are going to be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

If you're one of them and have a travel budget in mind, there could be some unforeseen costs.

Using frequent flyer miles might sound like a good idea to reduce plane ticket prices, but be cautious of late-booking fees if you book a flight leaving in a few days or weeks.

Getting a rental car? Make sure not to go through cashless toll booths without a car-mounted pass. Some car rental companies can charge you a transponder fee, which can run $5 a day, and an administration fee, which can run $10 to $15. So, a $.50 toll can cost you $20.

Found a great hotel deal? Be aware that some third-party websites will give you an advertised price upfront, but then later add hotel resort fees that cover amenities.

Thinking of skipping the hotel and going for alternative housing? Sites like Airbnb that offer homes for a vacation stay charge a lower nightly rate, but then may charge a cleaning and daily parking fee.

Cruises always seem tempting with their all-inclusive deals, but make sure to find out what's all-inclusive before you book.