With overall airline complaints to the US Department of Transportation rising 30% over the past five years*, it’s high time consumer travelers get what’s coming to them. A new company called Service is aiming to turn the tables for consumers, putting them in a better position to receive fair compensation or refunds from a variety of businesses, including airlines.
“Service helps consumers get what they deserve from businesses. Basically, you tell us about a problem you had with a business, and we fix it for you,” says Michael Schneider, CEO, Service Technologies. “We’ve gotten non-refundable airline tickets refunded – when there’s a legitimate reason, delivery fees waived on late deliveries, appointment times prioritized, credits when bad service was provided at restaurants, and many more.”
For now, the service from Service is free, so now’s a good time to check them out.
*According to an analysis by US PIRG, a consumer advocacy group headquartered in Washington.
According to a new report by National Center for Policy Analysis Research Associate, Jacob Kohlhepp, the triple threat of travel-based taxes on hotel, car rental and airline tickets can increase costs up to 30 percent for family travelers.
“In a drive toward more revenue, officials at every level of government have raised a trifecta of travel-based taxes dramatically,” says Kohlhepp. “While travel taxes are a politically popular revenue tool, they discourage travel and tourism – particularly for low-income individuals and families.”
The tax rates on hotels, car rentals, and airline tickets vary by state. According to the report:
- Twenty-two states charge a hotel occupancy tax, which can range from 3 to 13 percent of a night’s stay;
- Taxes on car rentals can raise rental prices by nearly 25 percent;
- There are seventeen different taxes and fees levied on air travel, which can increase base airfare by 30 percent.
“There is no doubt that air travel is more affordable for families than it was back in the day when were prices were set by the government,” says Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal. “But other aspects of travel are prohibitive, particularly in large cities.”
Travel Taxes: The Hidden Trifecta: http://www.ncpa.org/pub/travel-taxes-the-hidden-trifecta
WalletHub recently compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on how well they balance holiday cost and fun. Based on a number of criteria, including duration of fireworks shows, average gas prices, the number of festivals and performances, weather forecasts and more, the overall winning city is Minneapolis, MN — this year’s loser: North Las Vegas, NV.
And that’s not all…here’s a nifty recap of Vegas by the numbers it generates — off the tables:
Read the summary here: http://ht.ly/HklAT
Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) released a joint comprehensive review of air travel data, and a look at what it might mean for travelers, airlines, and more in 2015.
USA Today recently summarized much of the more pointed highlights of the report – answering questions that are top of mind among frequent flyers, such as: Will airfares go up – or down – in 2015? Is there a “best” day to find low fares? And when should you take that trip to Europe?
Read the full article here: http://ht.ly/GIexr.