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You May Get a Share of Money From Kimpton Hotels Data Breach Settlement

You may be eligible for your share — up to $10,000.00 — of $600,000.00 from a class action settlement which was reached in mediation if you are a resident of the United States of America who used a credit card or debit card between Tuesday, February 16, 2016 and July 7, 2016 at 62 locations of what was then known as Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC…

…but you must…

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Is This Flat Sales Tax Really a Mandatory Resort Fee in Disguise?

As I was compiling this database of hotel and resort properties which charge a mandatory resort fee, I could not help but look back on this article pertaining to a Rodeway Inn which charged a resort fee in addition to a room rate of $36.00 which I wrote on Sunday, August 15, 2010.

The resort fee for this hotel property was purportedly as high as $5.50 and as low as $3.39 back then, which was rather confusing…

…but as I looked at whether or not this particular Rodeway Inn still charges a resort fee — which is ludicrous as it already was — this is what appeared…

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Resort Fees: The Database of Lodging Options Which Charge Them

You should not be surprised with a mandatory resort fee lurking during the booking process when finding a room rate for a hotel or resort property; so I have decided to improve on compiling a comprehensive list of hotel and resort properties which charge mandatory resort fees because I have been adamant about what I believe is a legal but potentially deceptive practice.

Because this is a potentially massive project, I intend to revise and update this list on an ongoing basis — but I need your assistance. Please help…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: When You Should Exchange Currency at the Airport

You likely raised an eyebrow when you read the headline of this article, as I loathe to exchange currency at the airport because of the currency exchange rate, commissions or fees — or, even worse, a combination thereof which can add up to a costly sum of money…

…so why would anyone even consider exchanging currency at the airport?

The answer is simple…

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Using a Suggestion Box as a Tip Box at Breakfast

As I pored over photographs in preparation for an article pertaining to my recent experience at a hotel property which offered breakfast as part of the room rate, something caught my attention which I did not realize or notice while I was there…

…a small clear acrylic box was on the counter island in the middle of the breakfast area which…

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You May Get a Share of Money From Sonic Drive-In Settlement

You may be eligible for your share of $4,325,000.00 from a class action settlement which was reached in mediation if you are a resident of the United States of America who purchased anything at one of the 325 impacted Sonic Drive-In locations using a credit card or debit card between Friday, April 7, 2017 and Saturday, October 28, 2017…

…but you must…

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State and Local Governments Cannot Raise Revenue With Civil Asset Forfeiture Fines: Supreme Court Ruling

Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process in which law enforcement officers may — without permission or advance notice — seize assets from anyone who is suspected of being involved with a crime or illegal activity; and the owners of the property which is taken are not necessarily required to be charged with — or even suspected of — any wrongdoing.

Property owners who are affected by civil asset forfeiture have no recourse other than…

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Do You Leave a Tip or Gratuity for Taking Out Food From a Restaurant?

When considering flights, getting to your hotel or resort property from the airport, and perhaps preparing for that business meeting the next day, the process of travel can potentially consume an inordinate amount of time — and sometimes renders the option of going to a restaurant to sit down and relax while enjoying a dining experience virtually impossible.

Options can include…

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Reader Question: Can You Recover Lost Money From a Failed Trip Someone Else Planned?

A reader of The Gate — who shall remain anonymous — imparted a story to me pertaining to a recent trip on which he was going to travel but was impacted by inclement weather; and he wanted to know if the money he paid was lost for good.

A group of people were scheduled to go away to a conference for the weekend; and one person was handling all of the finances and planning for that trip. The coordinator of the conference collected all of the money from the other participants for lodging costs, meals and other incidentals which were related to the trip…

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Should Breakfast Attendants at Hotels Receive Tips and Gratuities From Guests?

Gratuities and tips have long been controversial with regards to travel and dining — to the point of contentiousness from all sides of the issue, as evidenced by the following articles which I wrote for The Gate over the years…

…but what if you were a paying guest at a hotel property which offered a free continental breakfast buffet — think Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn or Holiday Inn Express as three examples — and you saw a tip jar displayed prominently in the breakfast area during the hours in the morning when breakfast is available? Would you leave a gratuity?

Thinking that this practice is…

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