Can booking sites add on cleaning fees after the hotel is already booked?

Noble Horvath

I booked a hotel room online for £82 but was told afterwards there would be a £44 cleaning fee: Is it allowed to do this?

  • Travelers may find that booking sites add on fees after a reservation is made
  • The CMA has previously investigated additional costs not being advertised
  • Consumers are advised to read the small print when making a booking  

I booked a hotel apartment room for two in Kensington next May through Booking.com.

The room costs £82 for one night. However, I received an email from the booking platform a few days later saying it had forgotten to add on the cleaning fee.

This fee was £44 – more than half the cost of the actual stay itself.

I haven’t paid yet as I think this is very

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Randy Orton Winning And 5 Smart Booking Decisions

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WWE SummerSlam 2020 is looking to avoid some of the booking mistakes that plagued The Horror Show at Extreme Rules last month.

Extreme Rules was widely panned, with Wrestling Inc saying it was “arguably the worst WWE PPV in history” due to its strange match outcomes and bizarre booking. WWE viewership for both Raw and SmackDown has unsurprisingly bottomed out since Extreme Rules, which was a major turnoff due to its nonsensical booking, like the outcome of Sasha Banks vs. Asuka, and its underwhelming cliffhanger endings, like the inconclusiveness of the Wyatt Swamp Fight between Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt.

With WWE coming off such a poorly executed pay-per-view, there is a

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Qantas does not plan to remove booking change fees permanently – CEO

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Qantas Airways Ltd QAN.AX does not plan to permanently remove booking change fees, as major U.S. airlines have done, because it would damage its ability to manage revenue over the longer term, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Qantas planes are seen at Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The Australian airline has temporarily waived the fees, even on its budget offshoot Jetstar, to provide passengers with more flexibility during the pandemic. But United Airlines Holdings Inc UAL.O , American Airlines Group Inc AAL.O and Delta Air Lines Inc DAL.N this week announced plans to do so permanently.

“I think when certainty comes back I am of the view it is a big part of how we revenue manage and yield,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said of the fees at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit.

“If every airfare

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Best, Worst and Ridiculous Booking Decisions from WWE SummerSlam 2020 Results | Bleacher Report

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    Credit: WWE.com

    WWE SummerSlam was a surprisingly enjoyable pay-per-view by most accounts, but that doesn’t mean WWE didn’t make any mistakes while booking Sunday’s show.

    There were a couple of genuinely surprising outcomes, the return of a major Superstar who has been gone for several months and some great action.

    Before we get into specific booking decisions, here is a rundown of the results:

  • Apollo Crews retained the U.S. title over MVP.
  • Bayley retained the SmackDown women’s title over Asuka.
  • The Street Profits retained the Raw tag titles over Andrade and Angel Garza.
  • Mandy Rose defeated Sonya Deville.
  • Seth Rollins defeated Dominik Mysterio.
  • Asuka defeated Sasha Banks to win the Raw women’s title.
  • Drew McIntyre retained the WWE title over Randy Orton.
  • Bray Wyatt won the Universal Championship from Braun Strowman.

Let’s look at what WWE did right, wrong and the most ridiculous decisions from SummerSlam.

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Traders discuss what this means for Expedia, Booking

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Airbnb has made it official.

The company announced this week it has filed to go public after submitting a draft registration to the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

This comes as travel booking stocks Expedia and Booking Holdings have shown signs of life. Booking has bounced 60% and Expedia 118% off March lows, clawing back from losses sustained earlier in the year as the pandemic worsened and lockdowns went into effect.

Danielle Shay, director of options at Simpler Trading, is avoiding Expedia and Booking despite their recent rallies.

“Looking at Expedia and Booking right now, the reason why I’m very bearish on these stocks is because of air travel. I mean, Booking, yes they do have the vacation rentals but what about air travel? Same thing with Expedia. Air travel is down 70% year over year,” Shay said Thursday on CNBC’s “Trading Nation.”

MKM Partners chief market technician JC O’Hara is

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Fantasy Booking Roman Reigns on WWE SmackDown for Rest of 2020 | Bleacher Report

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    Friday Night SmackDown just got a whole lot more interesting with heel Roman Reigns at the helm.

    Friday Night SmackDown just got a whole lot more interesting with heel Roman Reigns at the helm.Credit: WWE.com

    After five years of fans yearning for a darker Roman Reigns, WWE finally decided to pull the trigger on the turn at SummerSlam and cement his heel status by aligning him with Paul Heyman soon after on SmackDown.

    If his actions at the event didn’t make it obvious enough that he’s become a bad guy, look no further than the conclusion to last Sunday’s Payback pay-per-view. Reigns picked the perfect moment to emerge during the night’s Triple Threat main event, pin Braun Strowman with relative ease, and regain the Universal Championship.

    Not only is Reigns being back a big boost to SmackDown, the character change he’s currently experiencing is long overdue and gives him the fresh coat of paint he’s desperately needed for some time. Although he’s already

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With Support From Booking.com, Ubuntu Beds Provides Additional 3000+ Safe Bed

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Nights to Frontline Healthcare Workers in South Africa

Good news for Ubuntu Beds who offer free accommodation to all healthcare workers fighting Covid-19. Through ongoing support received from leading digital travel platform Booking.com, Ubuntu Beds will be able to sponsor another 3000+ bed nights for nurses, doctors and all other healthcare staff in the public sector, needing a safe place to live while working shifts in order to help curb the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus cases in South Africa have reached over 500 000, and healthcare workers infected make up more than 20% of this number, which is twice the global average. It’s expected that the pandemic will extend past September, which is why this support comes just at the right time. Raising funds is going to be crucial in order to continue accommodating healthcare workers for free until the end of November.

After contracting the virus herself in

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G will be available for pre-booking in India today at 12 pm

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G will be available for pre-booking in India today at 12 pm


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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G will be available for pre-booking in India today at 12 pm

Samsung launched Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G last month at a price of Rs 1,49,999. The foldable phone will be available for pre-booking in India today.

This is the third foldable smartphone by the company after Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip (Review)

It comes with a bigger punch-hole screen, two AMOLED displays and a triple rear camera setup.



a close up of electronics: Galaxy Z Fold 2. Image: Samsung


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Galaxy Z Fold 2. Image: Samsung

Galaxy Z Fold 2. Image: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 pricing, pre-booking offers

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is priced at Rs 1,49,999 in India. It offers 12 GB RAM and 512 GB of internal storage. The foldable smartphone will come in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black colour variants.

It will be available for pre-booking today at 12

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Booking a test ‘like getting Harry Potter tickets’

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Demand for coronavirus tests has surged since pupils returned to schools, with many staff and students unable to tell a winter bug from the pandemic virus. How are teachers and heads coping with the disruption?

William Lau, a computer science teacher at Central Foundation Boys’ School in North London, knew how important it was to get a test when his two-year-old daughter developed a fever at 3am on Tuesday.

He did not want students, who had already faced so much disruption to their education, to have any less time with a specialist teacher. And he did not want his own seven-year-old son to miss more school.

“We have just come out of six months of lockdown where students haven’t had access to education. I teach in a school with quite high social deprivation. A lot of the students don’t have computers at home they can do computer science

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Booking It: ‘An Unkindness of Ghosts’ Part II

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Kristin Snyder: I’m Kristin Snyder.

Paige Hua: And I’m Paige Hua, and this is Daily Bruin Arts and Entertainment’s newest series “Booking It.”

Kristin Snyder: Here on “Booking It,” Paige and I will be flexing our abilities as English majors to discuss a book of our choosing. Today, we’re wrapping up our first read, “An Unkindness of Ghosts” by Rivers Solomon. We are once again joined by A&E senior staff writers Brooke Cuzick and Kaia Sherry.

Brooke Cuzick: Hello to all the book podcast listeners out there. Excited to jump back into this read.

Kaia Sherry: I’m also excited to do that, as well.

Kristin Snyder: How about we get started by wrapping up our discussion on gender from the last episode? So in the second half of the book, Solomon more explicitly states Aster and Theo’s genders, so I think it’s important that we explore that a bit. So

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