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Travel Tips You May Not Know About

If you travel regularly for business and / or pleasure, you probably know many of the standard travel tips, such as booking in advance and keeping your luggage weight under 50 pounds to avoid an additional weight fee. But for the savvy traveler, we offer some lesser known and offbeat tips to help you save money and reduce travel stress.

Enroll in the TSA PreCheck program. If you travel a lot, you may want to check out the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck trusted traveler security check option. PreCheck members are eligible for expedited security checks at participating airports. More than 336,000 passengers have already passed through the PreCheck lane. PreCheck is currently available at New York’s Kennedy, Dallas / Fort Worth, Miami, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Los Angeles airports for members of the American Airline AAdvantage program, and at Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Minneapolis airports. Salt Lake City for Delta SkyMiles members. The TSA announced that US Airways, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines will begin PreCheck operations later this year. PreCheck is also available to members of the Global Entry program of the Customs and Border Protection agency.

Please note the new price rules for airline tickets. Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation (DOT) approved new rules that require commercial airlines to be more transparent in the way they advertise their ticket prices. In the past, airlines advertised only the base price of the ticket. Now, airlines must disclose to ticket buyers the total price of the ticket, including the round-trip fare, plus mandatory federal taxes, airport, and any other fees a passenger is required to pay. Please note that when you purchase a ticket online, the advertised price now includes government and airport taxes and additional fees. Note that now, because previously hidden fees are included in the advertised price of a ticket, what we consider to be a good price for a ticket will be more than in the past.

Save money with smart travel apps. Are you going on a road trip? With gas prices the way they are, take advantage of technology. There are many smartphone apps out there. Check out GasBuddy, FuelFinder, iGasUp, and TripTik Mobile to find the gas stations with the best prices. Use Route4me, Waze or Google Maps Navigation to find the route with the lowest fuel consumption. RoadAhead for iPhone lets you know your location on the highway and the services and gas prices of upcoming exits.

When traveling abroad with your smartphone, please notify your service provider to activate it for international use. To avoid high pay-as-you-go fees, use the data / internet access portion only when you need to check email. Use free Wi-Fi whenever possible, but never to access bank accounts or personal financial information. Do not connect to networks titled “Free Public Wi-Fi”. They are often unsafe networks created by hackers. Also, be aware of roaming fees, especially in European countries.

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