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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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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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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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Who's responsible and how to apply for a refund when the travel agent and airline give conflicting information/blame?

Unfortunately this is a textbook example of why you should book always directly with the airline and not with a 3rd party agent. The agent's terms and conditions (T&C) will often put all ...
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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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What's the cheapest way of paying by card abroad?

The lowest cost way that I know of involves two things: Get a debit card that reimburses for all ATM fees, and does not charge a conversion fee. For example, my card is from Charles Schwab bank (USA)...
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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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Money when traveling to South America

Carrying large amounts of cash in Central or South America is generally not a great idea. Depends a bit on where exactly you are going but I recommend against carrying any more than you immediately ...
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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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How do the Express Lanes in California know how many occupants a car using the express lane contains?

As it says in the table, to get the discount, you have to have a FasTrak Flex or CAV transponder. These transponders have a switch that you set to indicate the number of occupants. The express lane ...
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USA car rental one-way fee

I've had experiences booking rental cars with multiple big names and some brokers, mostly when driving in North America. My answer is mostly based on these experiences, not on legal bases. I think ...
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Is there a way to save on Hawaiian Airlines checked-bags fees?

From HAWAIIANMILES TERMS & CONDITIONS Premier Club Terms & Conditions Check-in luggage fee waivers are limited to Hawaiian Airlines operated flights and to the first two bags for the ...
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Is there a way to save on Hawaiian Airlines checked-bags fees?

Just join their frequent flier program, HawaiianMiles. Here's their fee schedule for members for checked bags on inter-island flights: Neighbor Island (USD) 1st checked bag $15 2nd checked bag $20 ...
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How to survive a timeshare promotional trip?

...and finally, be aware that the free thing you will get may technically fit the description you were promised but may not be what you are expecting. A friend of mine sat through a 3 hour high ...
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What’s the point of flight ticket cancellation charges?

I think you're obfuscating things by switching from the penalty terminology to the service fee terminology. It is definitely a penalty. The airlines (like any business) would like to have a ...
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What's the cheapest way of paying by card abroad?

This made me think I should have just loaded GBP onto my Revolut card instead, as my UK bank account would not have charged for moving money to another UK account. Then, when abroad, I could have ...
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Why does my travel agent charge me for rescheduling flight dates?

All tickets come with associated fare rules which dictate if you can make changes or get refunds, and what fees and penalties apply in those cases. Usually, the cheaper the flight, the less flexible ...
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