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CHARLOTTE,NC - MAY 15: Passengers walk between terminals at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on May 15, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Air travel is down an estimated 94 percent due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and major U.S. airlines are taking a major financial hit with losses of $350 million to $400 million a day and nearly half of major carriers airplanes are sitting idle. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

According to the Huffington Post, you could save quite a bit of money at the airport by avoiding these common mistakes.

  • Paying for expensive parking. Instead, try arriving earlier to the airport and possibly finding parking a mile or two away that is cheaper. Then, you can just take a free shuttle to your gate.
  • Spending too much on checked baggage can also run up your credit card. Be sure to weigh your bag prior to checking it to make sure it’s not overweight, pack light, and use airlines or credit cards that allow for free checked bags.
  • Use a reusable water bottle that can be filled up once you get past security. Water within the airport can cost up to five dollars, which for me, that’s too dang much. You might be able to get water free with a food or coffee purchase. Or, try filling up your water bottle at a filtered water station.
  • Shopping at the airport will cost more, and packing your carry-on with the wrong items can cost you. For instance, if you pack a full-size perfume bottle in your carry-on it could be over the 3.5 oz limit and be thrown out.

Other costly mistakes are missing out on free amenities that your credit card may offer, getting snacks at the gate vs in the air, which could be more costly, and booking an expensive rental car at the airport rather than outside of the airport which could save you money.

What are your other airport saving tips?

Source: The Huffington Post

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