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Save More on Fuel 2019 With Discover and American Express

If you hold an American Express card, you may have received a recent offer through which you can get a statement credit of five dollars by using your enrolled card for a single purchase of a minimum of $30.00 — which is paid at the pump with the swipe of the card and not paid at the cashier inside of the service station — at participating Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco locations in the United States by Thursday, August 1, 2019…

…and you are limited to $15.00 in total statement credits, which means that you can take advantage of this offer up to three times…

…but if you also hold a Discover credit card, you may want to…

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An Interesting Conversation About Tipping at a Restaurant Pick-Up Counter

The meal had already been paid via the Internet; so all I had to do was head on over to the restaurant to pick it up. This particular restaurant is located near where I am based. Whether I dine in or take the food out to bring home, my experiences there are generally good; and the customer service recovery is usually at least satisfactory whenever an issue arises.

When I arrived at the restaurant slightly earlier than when the food was supposed to be ready, I walked over to the counter where the food is picked up to take out…

…and after waiting at that unmanned counter for approximately seven minutes…

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Extended: Your Last Chance to Get Your Share of Money From Lithium-Ion Battery Antitrust Settlement

You may be eligible for a share of $113 million from an antitrust settlement which was reached in litigation if you purchased a laptop computer, camcorder, mobile telephone, “smartphone”, tablet computer, digital audio player, camera, or cordless power tool for your own use and not for resale between Saturday, January 1, 2000 and Tuesday, May 31, 2011 and was a resident of the United States during that period of time…

…but you must…

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Wait a Minute…A Hostel Which Charges a Resort Fee?!?

“Even hostels are charging it. Freehand Hostel in Miami charges $25/day resort fee” is the comment which Waylo — who is a reader of The Gate — posted in response to this article pertaining to a resort fee which was tacked on to a room whose rate was $36.00 per night…

I had to investigate this claim for myself. As Waylo did not provide a link to the property in question, I search for it via the Internet and found Freehand Miami, which actually appears to be a hybrid of hotel property and hostel.

The first “perk” which is extolled at the very top of its Internet web site home is the claim of “Discounted Rates (you can’t find anywhere else”, as shown in…

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WOW Air Ceases Operations Effective Immediately — and What to Do

All operations of WOW Air — which is the ultra-low-cost airline that has served Iceland since Thursday, May 31, 2012 — have ceased as of today, Thursday, March 28, 2019, leaving passengers either stranded or scrambling as to what to do.

Despite numerous attempts in recent months to secure additional funding in order to continue operations and flights of the troubled ultra-low-cost carrier — which was founded in November of 2011 — none have been successful, which has caused the airline to cease operations.

This travel alert is currently in effect at the official Internet web site of WOW Air…

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$60 Visitor Fee Because She Might Be a Prostitute?

Depending on where you are staying, being charged an extra fee for inviting a visitor to your hotel room may be standard practice — despite how often you may have stayed at the hotel or resort property and regardless of whether or not you have earned elite level status in a frequent travel loyalty program.

The front desk clerk at…

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Leaving Tips for Housekeeping Staff at Hotel and Resort Properties: $10 Per Day Per Person? The Debate Continues

The main reason why people stay at hotel properties is to get a good night sleep on a reasonably comfortable bed in a clean room equipped with the minimum necessities: lights, secure doors and windows for privacy and protection, and a bathroom with a place to wash and bath or shower…

…so leaving a tip for members of the housekeeping staff is not exactly the first thing on the minds of most guests when they book a hotel room. This may be the reason why…

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Brazil to Allow Entry With No Visa to Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan

“Brazil has taken a step in the right direction, in my opinion, as I have long asserted that if a country wants to increase tourism, it needs to relax its reciprocity fees or visa requirements. Two examples of countries which did just that are Chile and Argentina.”

What you just read was an opinion which I wrote in this article on Monday, January 29, 2018 — and my suggestion is coming true: effective as of Monday, June 17, 2019, the government of Brazil will permit citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan to…

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