Surcharging over the odds

We’ve already reported within these pages about the ludicrous surcharges levied on airline customers simply to use their debit-cards.

A handy way of getting around this surcharge is to utilise a different mode of payment that is free. Step forward the Visa Electron card, which is linked to a basic bank account with no overdraft facility. Though it may be a hassle to get hold of one, it certainly makes a difference to overall costs.

Some airlines levy punitive charges for checking in baggage. Try if you can to travel only with hand luggage, and make sure you stay within the size and weight limits set out by the airline.

And some airports sell resealable plastic bags to take liquids through security in. You can buy these from your local supermarket for a fraction of the price.

Once you have these things covered then you’re ready to go on holiday. Bon Voyage!

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