Passenger Facility Fee to Increase By Up to 89 Percent?

For 15 years, the Passenger Facility Fee — which you automatically pay on almost every airline ticket you purchase — has been capped at $4.50; but that fee could increase by almost 89 percent to $8.50 as soon as next month if the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act is approved on Friday, December 8, 2017 by members of the House of Representatives of the United States.

Also known as S.1655, the bill contains the following language…

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Another Way Mandatory Resort Fees are Deceptive

“From time to time i get no points on the resort fee and have to mail marriott a couple of times before they understand that we should get points on resort fee, is there any were i can find it written down so i dont need to discuss this back and forth several times?”

Although no specific language pertaining to mandatory resort fees are included in the terms and conditions of earning Marriott Rewards points, the response to the question you just read…

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Airport Tax to Almost Double?

The Passenger Facility Charge is a tax with which up to $4.50 per flight segment can be charged by airports to passengers to help finance infrastructure projects — including the expansion of terminals; the improvement of security checkpoints; the reduction of airport noise; and the renovation and upgrading of washrooms and toilets — which are funded by the federal government of the United States…

…but if the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee has its way, that tax will almost double to…

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Malaysia Tourism Tax Now In Effect

If you are traveling to Malaysia and plan to stay at least one night in a hotel or resort property, expect to pay a flat fee of ten Malaysian ringgit per room per night in addition to the room rate, as the new tourism tax became effective as of today, Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Although the new tourism tax has been implemented across Malaysia…

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Value-Added Tax to be Implemented in United Arab Emirates

If you plan on visiting the United Arab Emirates in the future, you may be paying an additional five percent on top of what you would already be paying for goods and services — which could possibly include stays at hotel and resort properties; as well as the purchase of airline tickets and admission to popular attractions.

“The six states in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region have agreed to implement VAT, which will generate…

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Fees to Increase as Transportation Security Administration Budget is Cut?

“At TSA, the $500 million reduction includes cutting $65 million for behavioral detection officers and $55 million for local law enforcement grants to to airports. On the other hand, it proposes a $1 increase to the TSA security fee in fiscal 2018 to generate an extra $470 million in revenue.”

This paragraph is what caught my eye in this article written by…

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Hertz Sued by San Francisco Over Fees For Electronic Tolls

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Dennis Herrera — who is the City Attorney for San Francisco — accused business partners Hertz Corporation and its business partner of “fraudulently and deceptively inducing its customers who drive across San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to purchase an ‘optional’ toll service called PlatePass”, according to…

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Parking Fees at Hotels in Las Vegas: Fair Game — or Going Too Far?

Gambling is still the cash cow of what keeps the opulent city in the middle of a desert running; but with the addition of other options came a diversification in which other streams of income were derived — especially as more jurisdictions elsewhere passed legislation from which gambling became legal, which created competitive pressure for Las Vegas. Some of those aforementioned options are attractive to tourists and gamblers alike…

…while other options are becoming the bane of success — most notably, mandatory resort fees and parking fees.

In this article which I wrote slightly greater than a year ago…

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