The Checkout

Travel Tips--and Fees

A $9.50 surcharge on rental cars driven fewer than 75 miles.

A $2 fee to check bags at the curb outside the airport.

A $2.50 to $5 fee to restock the mini-bar---plus the cost of the item.

These are some of the added fees that you can find on your travel bill. Read about them--and other travel logistics--in a story in Sunday's Business Section by Keith Alexander.

And when you're done, skip over to yesterday's Travel Section for tips on what to tip the maid, skycap and taxi driver.

By  |  April 17, 2006; 6:00 AM ET Consumer Tips
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While I hate surcharges, at least I can understand a couple of these, like the bag check fee and the restocking fee (although it should be built into the price). At least there's a service they're providing.

But a fee for not driving a rental car enough? What possible cost can that create? How is the rental car co. out anything if you drive too little? If anything, they save on wear and tear, cleaning, etc.

Posted by: andy | April 17, 2006 6:21 PM

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