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Check your credit card statement for mini bar charges after a hotel stay
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Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s reader tip—the first of 2020—comes from reader Matt K., who offers a warning regarding hotel mini bar charges:

“It is becoming (or has it always been?) the case that hotels are charging mini bar charges as a default, even if the mini bar was not used or touched. I have had two recent experiences—at the TWA Hotel at JFK and the Conrad in D.C.—where we received a mini bar charge with no use. In each case when I called to ask about the charge there was no issue. ‘We will credit you back and it will take 7 to 10 days,’ I was told. However, if I was not paying close attention to my Amex card statement, these charges could have made it through. Pay attention.”

It’s always a good idea to look over your bill before you depart your hotel and then doublecheck your credit card statement a few days later. Mini bar charges can be steep and hotels can be wrong (or sneaky). Thanks, Matt!

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