Value Added Tax to Be Refunded to Foreigners Paid on Hotel Services in Argentina

The value of visiting Argentina as a tourist keeps getting better and better due to at least three financial reasons which have significantly reduced the cost to enjoy what this country in South America has to offer — which means more money in your wallet or purse.

Foreign tourists who visit Argentina will receive a direct and automatic reimbursement of the value-added tax — also known as VAT, which can be as much as 21 percent — paid on lodging services with debit cards or credit cards issued outside of the country in an effort to attract more visitors to Argentina; as well as boost businesses which cater to the tourism industry.

Mauricio Macri — who is the current president of Argentina and signed the executive order at the Casa Rosada presidential palace on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 — estimates that…

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Ryanair Slashes Bag Fees for Most of Its Customers. Yes, THAT Ryanair.

Ryanair announced that fees for checking baggage have been cut by up to 50 percent for 92 percent of its customers while simultaneously simplifying the number of bag fee options — a reduction from 108 different baggage fees to a mere six — as part of the third year of its “Always Getting Better” programme.

Effective immediately, the following fees will be charged for checked baggage…

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Brazil Waives Visa Fee — and Why More Countries Should Follow Its Lead

Dilma Rousseff — who is the current president of Brazil — has agreed to suspend the requirements for visas between Wednesday, June 1, 2016 and Sunday, September 18, 2016 in what is being known as the “exceptional, unilateral visa waiver” for visitors from certain other countries and regions which purportedly have “a strong Olympic tradition, which have hosted the Games in the past and pose no migration risk or national security risks.”

The 2016 Olympic Games in the city of Rio de Janeiro will occur from…

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$59.2 Billion in Ancillary Revenue Projected For Airlines in 2015

Ancillary revenue projected for airlines worldwide is expected to reach $59.2 billion in 2015 — continuing a trend of increased revenue which has occurred every year since 2010.

Fees which are generated by activities and services implemented by airlines beyond the core purpose of the transportation of customers from one point to another is what yields ancillary revenue. This wide range of activities and services — which purportedly provides more options for consumers while simultaneously more profit for airlines — includes but is not limited to…

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Express Fuel Option Has Spread to Dollar and Thrifty: Charged if You Drive That Rental Car Fewer Than 75 Miles Without Refueling

Both Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental have introduced a new policy at most locations in the United States for your “convenience” known as the Express Fuel option where customers who drive 75 miles or less during a rental of a vehicle will be charged a service and convenience fee of $13.99 — regardless of how much fuel was consumed during the rental of the vehicle — and this policy seems to have been in effect since…

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I Want In on This Resort Fee Nonsense: Open My Own Resort

Let’s face it: hotel and resort properties would not be charging resort fees if people were not paying for them, right? They certainly would not go through the trouble if it were not lucrative, I would think. Resort fees do not seem to be going away soon. If you cannot beat ’em, join ’em — right?

I was thinking about…

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Mandatory Facilities Fee: A Growing Deceptive Trend in Lodging?

I have long been adamantly against the policy of hotel and resort properties imposing mandatory resort fees to the room rate of a hotel, citing that if a guest is required to pay that fee anyway, it should be included in the room rate.

Although the resort fee may be clearly disclosed during the process of booking a reservation for a room at a hotel or resort property — which is certainly legal — the room rate is often advertised without including the mandatory resort fee, usually causing comparisons of the total cost of staying in a room for one night between different hotel properties to be significantly more difficult for the consumer, as illustrated…

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It’s Time to Put the Kibosh on Hotel Resort Fees? Now?!?

“However, when I clicked through to the next screen in the booking process, I was informed that the total for the three nights would be $530.88, 34 percent higher than the initially quoted rate. Even allowing for taxes and fees — which should have been included in the original quote — the increase was eye-popping. The bulk of the extra cost, it turned out, was due to the $29.12-a-day resort fee.”

Because he encountered resort fees as part of a personal experience in attempting to book a reservation for a room at a hotel property in Las Vegas for three days…

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Why I Would Not Pay $59.00 for a One-Time Visit to a Delta Sky Club

“I decided on the chicken noodle soup over the black bean soup here at the Delta Sky Club on Concourse E at the international airport in Atlanta to tide me over until my flight to Amsterdam later this afternoon on my way to Nairobi. That, and some romaine lettuce, a mixture of olives, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and a couple of chocolate chip cookies. The soup was nice and hot; but it could have used more noodles…”

That was the beginning of my report back on Monday, February 2, 2015; and I understand that there are some more food options available in that Sky Club. My informal report of the Delta Sky Club at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Thursday, February 12, 2015 included enjoying real bagels instead of those balls of half-cooked dough paste with a hole in them to be sacrilegiously passed off as bagels.

Both of those Sky Clubs were furnished nicely with some food options with which you can barely scrape together a meal. The service at the front counters is usually very good. I even was one of the people who actually cut the ribbon at the Delta Sky Club on Concourse D at the international airport in Atlanta when it was opened…

…so would I pay $59.00 to visit a Sky Club for only one time?

The answer is no. I will explain why — but first, a little recent history is in order…

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