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7 Tips to Save Money at the Airport

The holidays are quickly approaching and you know you’ll be getting on that airplane very soon. When you purchase that plane ticket, you think you are getting such a great deal! But, then the additional charges start rolling in. Baggage charge, parking fees, food, and many others that I’m sure you’re all too familiar with. Here are some tips to avoid paying those extra fees.

1) Eat a huge meal before you arrive at the airport and take a snack to eat just before going through security. The restaurants in the terminals are overpriced, and the food on the plane is outrageously expensive! If you stuff yourself before you get to the airport, you won’t even want to think about food.

2) Take only a personal item and a carry-on. Rules are beginning to change at some airlines, but most of them still allow you to take a personal item (I take my backpack) and a carry-on (I use my regular carry-on suitcase) for no additional charge. This saves you the cost of checking your bag (and makes it much more convenient as well I might add).

3) Avoid parking fees and have a friend bring you to the airport. In Fort Lauderdale, the parking fees are $15 per day. If you are gone for a week, that’s $105! It’s definitely worth having a friend bringing you and throwing them a $20 bill. If you have no friends, there are airport transports everywhere. Just look them up online or in the Yellow Pages.

4) Bring reading material with you from home (or at least something to entertain yourself). Picking up a magazine or book from the airport can be expensive. Plus, you are most likely only half interested in it anyway, and it will end up in the garbage in no-time.

5) Make sure you have cash with you. Sometimes, it’s just necessary to have cash, and if you find yourself without it, you’ll end up paying extra fees at that airport ATM.

6) Follow the airport carry-on policies. If you get caught trying to smuggle your razor in your carry-on, not only will you get detained, but you will get charged because now you need to mail it to yourself. Every airline has their policies posted online. Make sure to read them before you get to the airport.

7) Arrange for someone to pick you up from the airport. If you can avoid using an airport rental car, this can be a huge savings. Check with your friends before your trip and see if there is an extra vehicle you can use. It might seem awkward, but if you offer to fill up their gas tank and get their oil changed, they will be glad to hand over their wheels for a few days.

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My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. There are many other parking options at Ft. Lauderdale airport – a valet for $8 a day – and Super Saver parking as well – they only charge approximately $5 to $8 for 24 hours….check websites for the airports – they usually have a link to all their parking facilities. If no one is available to take you/from – there is also the tri-rail here in south florida – a friend works at MIA and takes it every day to work. there are shuttles waiting!

  2. Good tips for those who fly! Again, expenses can mount up if you don’t plan ahead so you can avoid them.

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