So What's the Real Price?

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

As every good tourist knows, when it comes to the cost of travel, there's the price and then there's the price. No one really believes that that flight to Europe will cost $299, regardless of what the ad says, or that a hotel stay will be $99, or a car will run just $15 a day. Why? Two words: taxes and fees. Lots of different fees. But what do those terms really mean? We took a close look at some of our own recent travel bills with an eye toward discovering which additional charges were unavoidable, such as government-imposed taxes, and which were simply price hikes in disguise. Grab your magnifying glass, and your own receipts, and join the fun!


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