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Southwest Airlines to Impose ‘No-Show’ Fee

Southwest Airlines to Impose ‘No-Show’ Fee

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For Southwest Airlines, it’s going to cost you to be a “no-show.” The airline announced Friday it will soon charge a new fee for passengers who fail use their ticket without canceling first, USA Today reports. …

Big Banks Waiving Fees for Customers Affected by Sandy

Big Banks Waiving Fees for Customers Affected by Sandy

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, several big banks — like Citi, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and TD Bank — are waiving some of their normal fees for customers in states affected by the monster storm.One exa…

$15 Quadrillion Phone Bill Doesn’t Ring True

$15 Quadrillion Phone Bill Doesn’t Ring True

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BORDEAUX, France) — A woman in France got the early termination fee of all time when she cancelled her phone service before her contract expired.Solenne San Jose, from Pessac in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France, got a …

Ad-Supported ATMs Expand in NYC

Ad-Supported ATMs Expand in NYC

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A small start-up called Free ATM Inc. and the Barclays Center stadium of Brooklyn, N.Y. are partnering to bring ATMs with no fees to New York City.The Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets and oft-used concert venue,…

New Fees: Are Cruise Lines and Hotels Taking Cues from Charge-Happy Airlines?

New Fees: Are Cruise Lines and Hotels Taking Cues from Charge-Happy Airlines?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Carnival Cruise Line is testing out a new fee, one that would, among other things, allow priority seating at dinner. Sound familiar? It should. While it may seem the airlines have cornered the market on fees, they ma…

JPMorgan Chase to Pay $100M for Hiking Credit Card Fees

JPMorgan Chase to Pay $100M for Hiking Credit Card Fees

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Under a court settlement filed this week in San Francisco, JPMorgan Chase will pay $100 million to credit card holders who saw their minimum monthly payments hiked from 2 percent to 5 percent bet…

Settlement May Lead Some Consumers to Pay ‘Swipe’ Fees

Settlement May Lead Some Consumers to Pay ‘Swipe’ Fees

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Payment networks Visa and MasterCard, as well as a number of large retailers, have agreed to a $7.25 billion settlement that may allow merchants to impose a surcharge on consumers for credit card transactions and end…

Airline to Auction Class Upgrades

Airline to Auction Class Upgrades

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The opportunity to purchase upgrades has been around for a while now, letting airlines squeeze a few extra dollars from passengers at check-in while giving non-elite status fliers a chance for a more comfortable flight. W…

Top Three Tips for Checking Fee Safety

Top Three Tips for Checking Fee Safety

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you have a checking account with a bank or credit union, do you know what the policies are on fees and overdrafts?Probably not.“Consumers are expected to wade through long, confusing documents and may be subject …

Banks Hit You with Fees Even on the Way Out

Banks Hit You with Fees Even on the Way Out

Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Closing a bank account involves more than just signing on the dotted line and saying good-bye.  It also means reaching into your pocketbook if your money is in one of the country’s 10 largest bank…

401(k) Fees May Cut 30 Percent from Retirement Balance

401(k) Fees May Cut 30 Percent from Retirement Balance

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — American workers who don’t think twice about their employer-sponsored 401(k) plans may be surprised to learn that fees can cut their retirement savings by 30 percent over a lifetime.A household with two people …

‘Too Fat To Fly’ Passenger Sues Southwest Airlines For ‘Discriminatory Actions’

‘Too Fat To Fly’ Passenger Sues Southwest Airlines For ‘Discriminatory Actions’

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — Kenlie Tiggeman, the overweight passenger who garnered national attention last May after she claimed a Southwest gate agent told her she was “too fat to fly,” is now suing the airline.Tiggeman, who lives in …

High Gas Prices: Should You Blame Your Bank?

High Gas Prices: Should You Blame Your Bank?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Should you blame your bank for high gas prices? A new report out Tuesday says it’s not just supply and demand and Middle East politics that determine the price of a barrel of crude; Visa and MasterCard and the …

Emergency Rooms Levy Fees for Non-Emergency Visits

Emergency Rooms Levy Fees for Non-Emergency Visits

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Talk about adding insult to injury. More and more U.S. emergency rooms won’t admit patients until they pony up a fee of $100 dollars or more for non-emergencies.The fees are meant to discourage people suffering from no…

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