Airbnb Cleaning Fees Can Be Brutal. Here’s How to Cope

Between the higher prices and reduced service, hotels have been getting a lot of flak recently. But in the debate between hotels versus Airbnbs, there’s one common Airbnb fee that you likely won’t find at hotels — at least not yet: cleaning fees. Hidden travel costs like cleaning fees are commonplace on Airbnb. They are explained as … Continued

Are Airbnbs Really Cheaper for Large Groups?

For all the debate around whether Airbnbs are better than hotels, there’s one scenario where many seem to assume Airbnb is always superior: group travel. Airbnbs can keep groups together. Staying under the same roof can simplify meetups. If the whole party starts and ends their days together, it can be easier to account for … Continued

Should You Use Buy Now, Pay Later Services for Travel?

Buy now, pay later services are an increasingly popular way to purchase products online. These services often target young shoppers through social networks and promote the ability to purchase products like clothing or makeup via a small down payment followed by installment payments to cover the difference. But it’s not just physical stuff that you … Continued

10 Easy Tricks for Saving Money on Travel

Travel can be expensive, whether it’s high gas prices during your road trip or increasing travel demand causing hotel and airline costs to rise. But it doesn’t have to be as costly as you might think with these tips for saving money on travel. How to save money while traveling 1. Pack light Packing light … Continued

5 Reasons Why ‘Shoulder Season’ Is the Best Time to Travel

In many ways, travel in 2021 was more challenging than it was in 2020. While demand for travel returned, sufficient hospitality staffing often did not, leading to long waits at airports, hotel check-in desks and restaurants. The eye-catching travel deals seen in 2020 mostly faded away, making way for price increases, like soaring rental car prices. … Continued

Winter Storms, COVID: How to Change a Flight Last-Minute

Rerouting, rebooking, diverting, you name it. Making last-minute flight changes can be an enormous stressor amid an already stressful holiday travel season. Hundreds of flights have already been canceled last-minute due to pandemic-related staffing shortages. Perhaps a coronavirus variant surge forces you to cancel your trip. Or what if a winter snowstorm prevents you from … Continued

Omicron, Travel Bans and How They Could Impact Your Trip

As countries rush to impose travel bans to manage the spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant, some travelers have been left stranded. Meanwhile, those with trips planned might not be able to take off. Here’s what you need to know about traveling and the omicron variant. Review border closures and entry requirements As of Nov. … Continued

Biden Acts to Ease Gas Prices, But You Can Save Money Now

President Joe Biden is taking steps to wrestle down gas prices, which were nearly 60% higher in October 2021 than they were the same month a year ago. This week, he announced that the Energy Department would release 50 million barrels of oil from the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve to increase supply. Last month, the … Continued

What to Know About Bitcoin as It Approaches $70,000

What to Know About Bitcoin as It Approaches $70,000 This article provides information for educational purposes. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend specific investments, including stocks, securities or cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin is trading near all-time highs: The cryptocurrency crossed a record $68,000 this week before dropping slightly lower. It was the … Continued

How to Prepare for Holiday Crowds at Airports This Year

Over a quarter of Americans (26%) say they specifically did not travel during the 2020 winter holiday season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new NerdWallet survey. Of those who did travel, many skipped out on air travel in favor of other means of transportation, like road trips. In fact, according to the September 2021 … Continued