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How to cut costs at the airport

By Jeff Fruhwirth ·
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Posted: 9 am ET

It is spring break season, and most people have made their travel plans and booked their flights. But there are still ways to cut airport costs.

By trimming these costs, you will have more cash to afford that small splurge or big activity that will make your spring break trip memorable. Here are some ways to save.

Books, drinks and food

I like to read books while I'm on the plane, and the library always has something new and interesting to read. It is free, and if I've got a big book or a really long trip, I can renew my book online.

I also always remember to pack an empty water bottle. The markup on bottled drinks at the airport is insane. Make sure your water bottle is empty when you go through security, though, or you will have to dump it out.

Make sure to pack a snack. The food at the airport is expensive and not healthful. Packing small snacks or buying them at the grocery store before you head to the airport can save a family a lot of cash.

Transportation, Internet access and souvenirs

Taking public transit or a ride-share service to the airport also trims costs. Since I live about 100 miles from the nearest large airport, there are not many public transit options. However, we can use the ride-share service. For the small cost of $35 (one way), we can ride down to the airport in one of their vans.

This is a huge money-saver for me, because parking is $8 per day and tolls are about $15 each direction. Plus, I don't have to pay for gas or worry about driving.

I also refuse to pay for the Internet at airports. Many airports have complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the building. If you are lucky enough to fly first class, many lounges have their own wireless networks that are free for you to use.

Just like everything in an airport, souvenirs are expensive. Avoid inflated airport prices by doing some shopping before your flight home. Pack the souvenirs in your checked bag or carry-on and take them back to your loved ones.

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