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This Airline Now Charges 5.99 to Carry Aboard Bags. Ridiculous Fee or Not?

Starting back on Sunday, August 1, 2010, at least $45.00 was charged per flight — or as much as $90 for one round-trip flight — to store belongings in the overhead storage compartment aboard airplanes which were operated by Spirit Airlines, which is considered to be an ultra-low-cost carrier. Fees for carry-on baggage on domestic and international flights were then increased from $45.00 to as much as $100.00 each way effective as of Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Almost eleven years later, Spirit Airlines still charges passengers to store belongings in the overhead storage compartments aboard its airplanes.

Taking a cue from Spirit Airlines, a fee of €5.99 or £5.99 is imposed on passengers who carry baggage of up to ten kilograms aboard airplanes which are operated by…

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Watch Out: Hotel Energy Surcharges Are Slowly Returning in 2021

Remember when hotel and resort properties implemented energy surcharges to cover rising utility bills back in 2000 — often without advance notice to you, the guest? Some hotel properties even charged a fee just for having a telephone in your room — whether you used it or not. Lawsuits against lodging companies were filed. The result was that lawyers were paid handsomely; while you were offered a coupon. Whoopie.

As a result of a number of recent factors — such as rising fuel prices and financial losses from the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic as two examples — hotel and resort properties are scrambling to find creative ways of increasing revenue in order to be more profitable…

…and one of those ways is the return of the energy surcharge. Yes, that electricity that is provided to your room during your stay may actually be an extra charge — whether you use it or not — rather than being included in the room rate.

As one example…

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No Occupancy Tax on New York Hotels in 2021 For Three Months

Staying at a hotel property in New York will become slightly less expensive on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 due to the suspension of the hotel room occupancy tax rate for three months as a result of an executive order which was signed by the current mayor of the City of New York.

The relief — which will…

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MGM Resorts Sued for False Advertising Via Resort Fees by Travelers United

An advocacy membership organization which represents all travelers has filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International for violations of the Consumer Protection Procedures Act, claiming that the casino and lodging company uses advertising to purposely deceive potential customers to book reservations by not immediately disclosing mandatory resort fees until once the process of booking reservations has already begun — which causes the initial room rates at hotel properties to appear to be less expensive than competitors.

The lawsuit is not the first one of which mandatory resort fees are the focus, as…

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Delta Air Lines Eliminates ALL Change Fees — Well…ALMOST All…Plus…

Effective immediately, Delta Air Lines has eliminated change fees for all long-haul international flying when travel originates in North America or South America — and this new policy includes passengers who purchased tickets with Delta One, First Class, Comfort+ and Main Cabin fares — which matches the previous announcement from Delta Air Lines to get rid of change fees on most domestic flights and follows the lead of American Airlines…

…but the new policy does not include…

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American Airlines Eliminates ALL Change Fees — Well…ALMOST All…Plus…

Effective immediately, American Airlines has eliminated change fees for all long-haul international flying when travel originates in North America or South America — and this new policy includes passengers who purchased tickets with First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Main Cabin fares — which matches the previous announcement from American Airlines to get rid of change fees on most domestic and short-haul international flights…

…but the new policy does not include…

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Warning: Flexible Cancellation Policies to Expire With These Lodging Companies — Unless…

The current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic had decimated the travel industry as a whole in general earlier this year, which forced airlines, lodging companies, and rental car companies to relax many of their otherwise restrictive policies — and for several months as a result, 23 lodging companies around the world had significantly relaxed their typically restrictive policies pertaining to change and cancellation fees by suspending them on a temporary basis…

…but…

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Comparison At a Glance of Change Fees and Standby Fees of Legacy Airlines in the United States

Four airlines officially announced during the past few days radical changes pertaining to the elimination of change fees, standby fees, and same-day confirmed fees — as well as other changes — but what exactly does that mean when comparing those airlines?

First are some definitions of what each of those terms generally mean — they can vary from airline to airline — as the following fees are imposed when you change the flight you originally purchased on your ticket…

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Alaska Airlines Eliminates Change Fees Permanently — But…

Change fees have been eliminated on a permanent basis on all standard economy class tickets and premium class tickets for all domestic travel within the United States on all flights operated by Alaska Airlines effective as of today, Tuesday, September 1, 2020; and no limit exists as to how many times customers adjust their flights…

…but unlike the lead of United Airlines — which officially announced the elimination of change fees on Sunday, August 30, 2020 — and unlike similar policies which were announced by both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines yesterday, Monday, August 31, 2020 — change fees will…

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