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25 Percent Gratuity: The New Default Tip at Restaurants?

“The service was friendly, but slow and incompetent. One wrong item and one duplicate item was served to my table. The food was nicely presented but tasted like crap. And the prices were exorbitant, but I knew that going in” is what FlyerTalk member davie355 posted in this discussion. “Unusual for a restaurant in the US, payment was done by handheld electronic card reader brought to the table. I was asked to sign and select from one of the precomputed tips: 18%, 20%, 25%, with the last option being selected by default. Oh, of course on the receipt a 4% surcharge had already been added for…

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to Charge Entrance Fee to Visitors — and My Trip Report

Boasting greater than 2.5 million visitors in 2018 alone on 2,965 acres, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Georgia is one of the legendary locations where part of the Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War occurred from Sunday, June 19, 1864 through Saturday, July 2, 1864 — and it has been a free and natural respite from everyday life for visitors in the northern Atlanta metropolitan area since its inception in 1935…

…but that tradition of greater than 84 years ends on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, when a cashless vehicle general admission entrance fee of…

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Equifax Used admin For User Name and Password, According to Court Document

Equifax Incorporated experienced a breach of security back in 2017 which compromised the sensitive financial and personal information of as many as 147,000,000 people; and the consumer credit reporting agency — which is based in Atlanta — has settled for a total of $671 million as a result.

According to a statement found on page nine of this official document — which…

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New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority Now In Effect

If New Zealand is in your travel plans, be prepared to pay a little extra when you request the new compulsory New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority prior to visiting that country for up to a maximum of three months — or up to six months if you are a citizen of Great Britain — and you travel…

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Saudi Arabia Now Issues Electronic Tourist Visas 2019

“Saudi Arabia does not offer tourist visas” was this response written and posted by Veejay — who is a reader of The Gate — pertaining to my review of Burj Khalifa in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in which I mentioned that the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah was expected to surpass Burj Khalifa as the tallest building in the world prior to its expected completion in 2018 and grand opening in 2019. “For the vast majority of us, therefore, the tallest building experience option will remain the Burj.”

The grand opening of Kingdom Tower — which has since been renamed Jeddah Tower — has been postponed to sometime in 2021 due to construction issues…

…but effective as of Friday, September 27, 2019, Saudi Arabia officially started issuing tourist visas to citizens of 49 eligible countries and territories at a cost of…

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Deceptive Hotel Resort Fees: Legislation Introduced to Protect Consumers 2019

Mandatory resort fees which have been proliferating throughout the lodging industry in the United States in recent years are finally being addressed by members of the House of Representatives of the United States in the form of legislation known as the Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019.

Hotel properties, resort properties, and other places of short-term lodging would be prohibited from…

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Take Free Credit Monitoring Instead of $125 in Equifax Lawsuit Settlement, Says Federal Trade Commission

“Perhaps my math is incorrect; but $505,000,000.00 divided by 147,000,000 people comes out to almost $3.44 per person — assuming that everyone who qualifies for the settlement class requests payment. I am not sure how anyone will get paid $125.00 — even if every penny became available for qualified members of the settlement who request that option; and even if a significant number of people either choose the free credit monitoring services or to opt out of the settlement altogether to pursue their own lawsuits.”

The paragraph you just read was from this article pertaining to…

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Your Chance to Get Your Share of Money From Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Class Action Settlement

You may be eligible for your share of $2,000,000.00 from a class action settlement if you stayed at a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property in the United States and received a printed folio or receipt which contained greater than the last five digits of the credit or debit card or the entire expiration date of the credit or debit card between Friday, November 13, 2015 through Thursday, November 16, 2017…

…but you must…

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