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What are the hidden fees of a cruise?

The cruise line will try to sell you excursions at the ports you visit at a high price, sell you extras like portrait photographs, tempt you to gamble in their casino and shop in their stores selling ...
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How to survive a timeshare promotional trip?

I was originally going to make this a comment, but I think my personal experience will showcase some of the tactics and how to recognize them and avoid them. But first off, be skeptical and say no. ...
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How to survive a timeshare promotional trip?

It's very easy, just smile and say no. Yes, the sales pressure is high, very high, but...so what? You are not obligated in any way to buy anything. As for hidden fees, well...sure, there might be a ...
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What’s the point of flight ticket cancellation charges?

A cancellation implies a refund, and the fee eats into that. It's really that simple. The only reason to bother cancelling a ticket is that you want you money back. (Possibly only the airport charges ...
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What are mini-bar policies for one-night stays in hotels?

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 ...
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How to survive a timeshare promotional trip?

My approach is to not feed them anything to work with. When I have been to one of those deals, my only commitment was to attend the presentation, not to supply any information or discuss anything. ...
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German hotel asking cancellation fee

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 ...
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German hotel asking cancellation fee

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 ...
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Are travel agents required to pass on any phone calls they receive from the airline?

Travel agents are normally required to inform you of changes to material circumstances. Those would be things like: change of flight time, change of seats, change of airports, change of layovers, ...
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What are the hidden fees of a cruise?

There are significant expectations for tips, for at least a dozen people/roles, with 'recommended daily' amounts. For a seven-day cruise, you are expected to drop around $ 300 in tips (per person), ...
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How to survive a timeshare promotional trip?

I have gone through quite a few of these. The easiest thing to do is do a little research in the area that you are going. Then during the selling phase: Do not go into any private room to talk ...
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What are the hidden fees for using booking.com

It really depends and even Booking.com does not know which is why they use the word may. Generally speaking there are additional fees that they either cannot collect or cannot calculate due to complex ...
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When we travel to Zone 4 in London with an Oyster card purchased for Zone 1 and Zone 3, how are the fares calculated?

If you have an Oyster with a valid travelcard for zones 1-3, and you travel outside those zones, you will pay an extension fare for only the zones that the travelcard doesn't cover. For zone 4, this ...
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What are mini-bar policies for one-night stays in hotels?

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, ...
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German hotel asking cancellation fee

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 ...
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Is every museum in Washington DC free to visit?

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, ...
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Entrance fee for Zion National Park: Paying for a car vs. paying per person

So, according to the National Parks Service: Weekly Passes Weekly passes are non-transferable and are valid for 7 consecutive days including the date of purchase. Weekly passes may be upgraded ...
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What are the hidden fees for using booking.com

As booking.com states, requirements made directly to the hotel, like extra beds, cots for babies or pets allowed at extra pay, will be charged by the hotel. Those are charges you should know about as ...
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Does Ryanair charge the boarding pass reprint fee in practice?

Completely depends on the agent. When I was in London in January, I failed to find anywhere to print it, and when I got to Stansted, one agent did want to charge me 15 quid. Discretely went to ...
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When we travel to Zone 4 in London with an Oyster card purchased for Zone 1 and Zone 3, how are the fares calculated?

Here is a Freedom of Information request where someone asked that. The response they got from Transport for London included: By way of an example, for a through journey from East Croydon (zone 5) ...
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What happens if a Filipino/Australian overstays in the Philippines?

To answer your questions, starting with your last one: Losing and retaining/reacquiring Philippine Citizenship Per Philippine Commonwealth Act. no. 63 (section 1, paragraph 1), you automatically ...
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What’s the point of flight ticket cancellation charges?

Imagine a world where there were no change fees, and no cancellation fees. If you bought a ticket and then changed your mind, you could just cancel or change it. In this world, tickets would not be ...
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Which ATMs offer no-fee cash withdrawals in Chile?

My recent experiences trying out different ATMS (around Rancagua) are the following: Banco BICE: 2500clp (though these seem to be few and far between) Scotiabank: 3500clp Banco Estado: 4000clp (they ...
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How to handle spending money for extended trip to Europe?

I travel for much longer durations than your planned trip. This is what I do in basically all countries: Have at least two cards that work on one or more of the Cirrus, Maestro, Mastercard, Plus, or ...
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What are the hidden fees of a cruise?

As an experienced cruiser, who tips well, I find cruises to be an extra ordinary value. In fact your cruise might cost a bit less than what you actually paid! You could be refunded part of your port ...
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Do you have to tip the delivery guy if you are already charged a delivery fee in Toronto?

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, ...
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Can I print my Spirit boarding pass at some kiosk at the airport, without having to pay $10?

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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German hotel asking cancellation fee

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 ...
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Cheaper Spirit flights at the airport?

You save $18+ per person & direction I went to the airport and booked the ticket posed in my original question. I saved the passenger usage fee (one person, one-way) = $17.99 cheaper at the ...
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Entrance fee for Zion National Park: Paying for a car vs. paying per person

I have no source to prove this, but from several personal experiences, here is what you can do: you enter by car and buy a pass for the car. Turn right around and park outside Use the shuttle to ...
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