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


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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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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. Planning the trip Sometimes, the ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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According to Bangkok's airport website: Suvarnabhumi International Airport Departure Tax (Bangkok International Airport Departure Tax) = 700 Baht BUT, note that it also says: Since February 1, 2007 the 700 Baht international departure tax was included in the price of flight tickets. (The international departure tax is usually included in ...


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While they shouldn't have lied like that you legitimately missed your flight anyway. Airlines always require you to be at the gate some number of minutes before the flight, usually at least 10. Departure time is when they plan to actually move the aircraft. They have to get everyone seated and all the luggage stowed, the last possible boarding has to be ...


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Edit: Note that the reciprocity fee has been removed for US citizens - see Is there still reciprocity fee at Chile airport entry for US citizens? (after US Visa waiver) for more details. Original answer, still correct for citizens of some countries : Officially I believe the fee is payable no matter how you enter the country, however the simple truth is ...


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When you have a card from another EU-country, it's possible that your bank has a partnership with one or more German banks and those will have the lowest fees. You should ask your bank. At the airports and train stations there are some ATMs that have very high fee- avoid those. Use only ATMs that belong to banks (Postbank, Deutsche Bank, Sparkasse, Citi ...


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I have booked rental cars regularly via http://www.holidayautos.co.uk (or the German version), which often offer better deals than the rental companies itself. Depending on the actual offer, this may include unlimited mileage, additional driver for free, etc. Holidayautos.co.uk is just an agency, usually you get a rental car from one of the big companies.


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Like any airline and flight, you'll have to check the terms and conditions on the ticket or the airline's website. However, generally excess baggage fees are per flight, not per leg. So if you're flying from London to Sydney and the flight stops in Dubai or Bangkok, you'll only pay once for the excess bag. However, while that's the norm, it ALWAYS pays to ...


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Checking in but not boarding the plane is a "no show" in industry lingo. There's no Delta-wide "policy" on what happens next, this will depend entirely on the small print in your fare rules. Broadly speaking, assuming you've got a non-refundable fare: Domestic flights: You'll get credit worth the value of your ticket, minus a change fee (typically $200). ...


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Yeah, same story here, but i think i got only charged ~1.50 - $2 earlier this year (Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Idaho, Washington). My strategy was to just take out fewer, larger amounts what would last me a week or so and pay with credit card for expenses > $50 like grocery shopping, gas stations, motels etc. But ask yourself how much money you would really ...


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Certain car rental companies have membership programs which have waving this fee as one of the benefits. For example, I frequently use National (in the US) renting in one airport and returning to another, using my Emerald Club membership to avoid the fee.


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In general, there's no price difference for checking in at the airport or via any other means, although there can be price differences for other services (eg baggage charges) depending on where you pay for them - more on that below. There are, however, a small number of exceptions in the form of Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs) who are interested in squeezing every ...


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I suspect this is a result of Jet streams. This is most commonly observed by different flight times between the same cities. It generally takes longer (25% or so) to fly from Europe to the U.S. than from the U.S. to Europe. This is because the high-altitude jet streams across the Atlantic blow from west to east, providing a boost in one direction, and a ...



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