If you're reading this in 2016, congrats: You're about to live through one of the heaviest seasonal travel weeks in American history. AAA estimates that some 103 million Americans will travel for year-end holidays, a record helped along by cheap gas and modest costs for rental cars and airfare.
But don't let $2-a-gallon unleaded lull you. Frantic, weather-beaten December travel is a perfect time to wind up spending more than you mean to. Sometimes it's because we're rushed, other times weighted down, or others just too swept up with the holiday spirit to really care. But that still doesn't mean we have to give away our money to anyone but nephews, nieces, and the occasional bell-ringing street Santa. We talked to Carrie Smith of DealsPlus.com, and she hipped us to six common fees, and how to avoid them.