When you travel, there’s a fee for everything. Change an airline ticket, pay a fee. Forget to fill your car rental gas tank, pay a fee. Cancel your hotel reservation, pay a fee.

Travel companies may have run out of new things for which to charge you, not to mention the excuses for charging them (and don’t you dare say we “asked” for any of these extras). So what’s there left to do?

Just one thing: Find a better way to hide them online.

Consider what happened to Susan Weinstock when she booked a flight online recently. “When I went to choose the seats, the only ones that they show being available are those that cost more,” says Weinstock, who works for a non-profit organization in Washington. “Then, in tiny print they say, ‘If you don’t want to pay for your seat we’ll assign it at check-in.’ ”


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