We are going to the Quinta Jardins do Lago in June for a few weeks. It's been a long while since we took a holiday in Europe as we spend months in Florida these days. So far I have been impressed by the awfulness of Thomas Cook airlines with it's extras for blowing your nose policy and minute cabin baggage allowance. I was further impressed by car hire where it was suggested that a hold would be placed on my credit card for E2660 (Peugeot 107) as a CDW deductible if the car was damaged unless I nearly doubled the cost by paying for Super CDW. I am aware that one can insure against this for £49 but it could be months before seeing the money. Anyone had experience of this?
This taste of rip offs led me to wonder whether prices in hotels and restaurants would have 23% VAT and/or 15% service added on at bill time. What is the tipping rate in Madeira? In the USA I am used to paying 15 - 20% but they don't have 23% VAT.