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Old Oct 19, 15, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by crazyhorse View Post
Whenever I have redeemed points, I have never paid any taxes since taxes are always a percentage of the paid room rate and that rate is $0.

If taxes do get charged on award rates, then I probably shouldn't be asking for any upgrades either since the tax on a suite is going to be much higher than for a regular room. Just FYI - I have used points in Bombay and Goa and have never been charged any taxes. This appears to be a Delhi thing.
Normally there are no taxes on award stays since, as you note, there is no rate to tax. However, some cities in certain countries have levied a mandatory tax that the hotel is stuck w/ collecting & giving to the city so even on award (free) stays there is that tax (what it's called varies). One of the cities in Italy did that starting a year ago, as it was mentioned in a dif thread and Atlantis in the Bahamas collects one as well that is levied by Nassau.

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