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There are a few things you have to consider. I worked before at a hotel refilling those minibars. So I know a bit of how it works. Some hotels have an electronic system. This system registers if something has been taken from the minibar. Please note them some people replace a can of coke (or take it out and after putting it back) and the system will see ...


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If you thought the cancellation fee was too high, why did you agree to it? The hotel may well be entitled to take action to recover the debt you owe it; that would depend on the detail of the local law and the conditions of the contract you have. If you are interested in that, please do go over to law.stackexchange.com for a fuller discussion. Whether the ...


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Just to address specifically where to find out the cancellation fee for Bookings.com When selecting the specific room, Bookings.com has an entire column dedicated to conditions. Sometimes there is free cancellation offered up to a specific date (usual some X days before the booking starts) Sometimes the hotel will offer some rooms with free ...


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Try a credit union. Many of them boast surcharge-free ATMs. Lots of smaller banks don't collect surcharges either. Those that don't often will have a big sign saying so near the ATM. The Credit Union National Association, the Independent Community Bankers Association and The Co-Op Network all have ATM locators on their Web sites. Ask for cash-back when ...


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According to http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/congestioncharging/ , you can call them at (UK) Tel: 0333 200 1000. I can't find a form matching your exact enquiry online. You can pay a penalty online (when you get the penalty form), or you can pay in advance, but I don't see a way to see 'Is there a penalty I owe I haven't found yet?' Short answer, you ...


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One thing to consider is that, despite what common sense or simplistic views of economic theory might suggest, many businesses actually rely to a large extent on the customers' honesty. For example, I have worked at a café in an area with many tourists (i.e. people we don't know and who have no reason to fear having a bad reputation or being denied service ...


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The only question is: Was the fee listed in the booking.com reservation? This is always included in the booking confirmation you receive by mail. Please check it there. If the fee is there, then you are obliged to pay it. You can of course refuse, but I don't think that this is a good idea. It's clearly non-ethical and it can lead into troubles. If the fee ...


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Nope. Two different flights means two bookings on Ryanair. Annoying, but true.


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You didn't specify a locale, but within the United States, the answer depends a bit on when and where you are picking the car up and when and where you are dropping it off. Shopping around The obvious first step is to search as broadly as possible and to be as flexible as possible. Compare rates at Kayak, VroomVroomVroom, and other comparison sites. ...


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In general, when using your card abroad you get charged (some) of the following fees Currency exchange fee A fee levied by your bank for using your card abroad A fee levied by the ATM operator In your case (1) will not apply because the currency is the same, but (2) and (3) might still apply. (2) you need to check with your bank, and you should be ...


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Per http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/payments/crossborder/index_en.htm cross-border payments in Euro within the Eurozone must not be treated differently from national (inter-bank) transactions in Euro. This also applies to ATM fees. This means that your bank is only allowed to charge fees similar to those for national ATM use at another bank. Examples ...


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You never HAVE to tip for delivery pizza, but if you become known as a non-tipper, the delivery people will be less inclined to treat you well (hot, prompt, etc.). As far as two American chains go, Pizza Hut and Papa John's both charge delivery fees and if you look hard enough on their web sites, those delivery fees do not go to the drivers, at all. ...


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The majority of the museums in Washington DC are run by the Smithsonian, and offer free entry to everyone (with optional donations being accepted). There are also a number of non-Smithsonian museums, such as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (free, but requires a timed ticket for entry), Newseum (not free), and the International Spy Museum (also not free).


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In my experience booking European hotels, it is often possible to select between different rates for the same room, with higher rates corresponding to more relaxed cancellation policies. This seems fair, since it lets you choose who bears the risk in the event of a change of travel plans. If you're certain you're going to be there, you can pay less; if ...


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I would be very surprised if you managed to find an ATM that did not charge you a fee. US card holders are also charged fees if we use an ATM that is not the same bank as our card. Then we usually get a fee from both banks: the ATM's and our bank (for not using one of their ATMs). Some non-US banks that branches in the US; I think that would be the only ...


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Yes indeed, most US airlines charge for all check baggage. There are exceptions if you have "status" with either the airline themselves or with any of their affiliated airlines (eg, Star Alliance, OneWorld, etc), or if you're flying in First Class, or if you're connecting from an international flight, or if you have one of their pay-for credit cards, but ...


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I travel quite a bit and there are a number of different ways that the minibar set up might work. In more upmarket hotels the mini bar is often automated. With small pressure sensors that activate it the item is removed. It tells the hotel billing computer to add the charge to your final bill. In a hotel where i stayed recently the minibar was empty, with ...


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No, you will not need to pay any additional fees. Any applicable airport tax will be included in your ticket and is irrelevant to whether you spend the entire 6 hours inside Schiphol's security zone or if you use some of it to venture outside the airport. It is entirely at your discretion how you spend that time. Just make sure you are back in time to ...


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Based on the details, the hotel didn't overcharge you at all. The hotel charged you the amount they stated (admittedly in GBP, but I suspect the amount that at standard rates is the same as in your chosen currency). Your card issuer charged you currency conversion costs (and possibly other fees). It's worth being very careful which cards you use abroad - ...


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Avis and British Airways partner to offer free additional driver to British Airways Executive Club members (BA's frequent flier program). To benefit from it, you only have to register online (follow the "join Executive Club" link at the bottom of the page). You quote your frequent flier number when booking with Avis and it shall work.


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Since you're not using an agency, you'll need a credit card with a big enough limit. In order to get the confirmation in order, they will need to get the charge approved and posted to your account. When you cancel, you'll get a credit from them. Time it so that the debit and credit fall within the same billing cycle to avoid having to make a payment or ...


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The answer is a bit more complex... A pizza franchise is actually two separate companies: 1) the store (franchise) owned by some local small businessperson, and 2) the corporation that centralizes advertising and the order-taking and payment process for delivery. When you walk into a pizza place you pay the local business for the local costs. When you order ...


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Last time I flew Spirit, I was able to print my boarding pass at a kiosk without paying an additional fee. I believe the $10 fee only applies if you get a counter agent to print it for you.


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When leaving Lima If you are flying out of Lima internationally, the airport tax is US$31, US$7.40 for domestic flights. As of January 2011 this tax has been rolled into the purchase price of the tickets at this airport. Ensure you receive a sticker on the back of each ticket from the check-in counter to attest to this at the security checkpoint. ...


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Check with your bank to be sure, but I would say Yes. I use the Bank of Nova Scotia, and since it's part of the Interac network, I can go to a CIBC or Bank of Montreal machine (or a white label machine in a convenience store) and get cash. The other bank tacks a service charge on which can be 1.50 or 2.00. I would think at a minimum you will be treated the ...


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I've been living in Europe now for about 5 years but still make the bulk of my income from the US (where I'm from). I have tried many US banks and all the debit cards you can imagine. Most promises of low transaction fees and hassle-free transactions are lies. Here's what I've learned. Bank of America (BofA) I used BofA for all my ATM transactions for 2 ...


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A good question, and yes, you are correct. A few things to understand: The Entry Reciprocity Fee is ONLY charged at SCL. It applies (differently) to citizens of Albania, Australia, Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Other citizens don't have to pay. (Yay for the Kiwi passport!) The receipt for payment of the reciprocity fee is attached to your ...


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The reciprocity fee is currently US$160 for US citizens, and can now be paid online in advance via the website http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesibleingles/. There is a PDF guide on paying the fee available here (The entire guide is in English except for the country name of the US, which is in Spanish - "Estados Unidos") Not surprisingly, this matches the ...


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I had the problem this morning, so I called the number given above. No, they cannot tell you whether you have to pay the fee or not. That's what I was told on the phone. Unless you had to pay and didn't pay, in which case they will issue you with a huge fine. At that point it's too late. It seems that you can pay and then complain later to get a refund, ...



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