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Take Some Of The Headaches And Cost Out Of Holiday Travel

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It's great to get together with family at this time of year, but getting there isn't easy.

Travel is tough with packed planes and crowded highways.

So we spoke to a travel expert, who says there are some ways to cut costs and headaches.

Randy Petersen, of Capital One, says the very first thing you should do is make sure everyone has the power cords and chargers for their electronics.

Those devices can keep kids busy for hours and that eliminates a lot of problems.

If you're flying, he says a great time saver is to be dropped off at the arrivals area.

It's usually much less crowded than the departures parking.

Petersen says one of the best ways you can beat the airline system, is to avoid the baggage fees.

Pack a carry-on bag, but don't carry it on the plane.

Volunteer to check it at the gate.

They'll give you a receipt and you won't have to worry about space in the overhead bins.

Another of his suggestions is for next year.

If you want to cash-in some credit card miles, do it during the holidays.

Most people wait until January, so there's a lot more competition for those seats after the first of the year.