Keep Extra Expenses in Mind When Traveling


If frigid temperatures are making you think of escaping to a place with sandy beaches, warm sunshine and palm trees, Victory State Bank advises to keep a budget in mind.

When traveling, there extra costs that vacationers may neglect to include when planning their travel expenses.

To help you prepare for your next trip, Staten Island’s only community-based business bank is sharing these tips from the U.S. General Services Administration’s “Consumer Action Handbook”:


§  Seat selection: You may pay a fee for the privilege of choosing your seat when you book your flight.

§  Baggage: Airlines may charge for checked and carry-on baggage.

§  Rewards tickets:  If the actual flight is with a partner airline, rather than the airline you earn points with, you may have to pay a fee.

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§  Surcharges: Beware of other costs, such as energy surcharges, concession fees, and facility fees.

§  Building projects fees: Car rentals can include a fee to pay for airport improvements or the city’s building projects.


§  Resort fees: Fees for fitness centers, golf courses, and other amenities, whether or not you use them.

§  Mini-bar: Restocking fees to replace items you purchased.

§  Wi-Fi. Your hotel may charge to use their Wi-Fi network.

Contact airlines, car rental companies, and hotels to get an explanation of fee policies before you book your travel. Contact them after your trip if you see charges you don’t understand on your receipt or credit card statement.




VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island, including the main office in the community of Great Kills and branches in West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.

A planned sixth branch, to be situated in Meiers Corners, has received both regulatory and building department approvals.

For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100, or visited online at

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