Hyatt resorts to a fee refund without me even asking

Is a separate, mandatory hotel fee really a fee?

A popular Chesapeake Bay Hyatt in Cambridge, Md., claimed it was when the Good News Guy himself recently stayed there to participate in a hosted professional workshop. Read more “Hyatt resorts to a fee refund without me even asking”

For the last time: Car rental coverage is not mandatory!

Car rental insurance isn’t required. Or is it?

If you’re not sure, then you’re one of many confused car renters — a confusion some car rental companies appear to be taking advantage of. Read more “For the last time: Car rental coverage is not mandatory!”

Why do ‘optional’ travel fees feel so mandatory?

Think you have a choice when you travel? Get outta here. Read more “Why do ‘optional’ travel fees feel so mandatory?”

Resort fees rise 25 percent as efforts to end them intensify

If you’ve ever found a bargain on a hotel only to discover a few clicks later that the property charged a nonnegotiable “resort fee,” you’re not alone. Last year, 744 properties in the United States added these fees to their guests’ final bills, an astonishing 25 percent increase from 2014.
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What the TSA’s new body-scanner rules mean for you

The Transportation Security Administration’s new rules for screening passengers with its controversial full-body scanners — which were quietly changed just before the busy holiday travel season — represent a significant policy reversal that could affect your next flight.
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