Posted by William Charles on November 15, 2019
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Published on November 15th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Expedia Punishing Hotels With Resort Fees In Search Results

Hotels that charge resorts fees will now appear lower in search results on Expedia & Hotels.com. A big part of why hotels charge resort fees is that they don’t pay commission to the online travel agency (in this case Expedia) on these fees. This is a win for consumers (hopefully it puts pressure on hotels to either drop resort fees or allow them to be clearly included in pricing on comparison sites) and a win for Expedia.

Hat tip to Skift



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DB
DB

Basically every hotel at Vegas / NV

HaveMiles
HaveMiles

Resort fees suck. There are plenty of non-casino non-resort hotels in the Vegas area that don’t charge a resort fee. Since I am usually not there to partake in strip activities (hehe), places like Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hyatt Place and Hilton Garden Inn work fine for me. Also helps with traffic and long hikes from parking lot (and parking fees).

Obviously, if you have or want to stay at a casino/strip property, you are probably out of luck.

Ben
Ben

The vegas resort fees are fantastic if you get caesar’s diamond status, which is pretty easy to get. Just just about any middle tier status with wyndham, then match wyndham to caesars.

anonymous
anonymous

It’s about time!

Hanta V
Hanta V

Thank you Expedia!

gary
gary

when would that be effective did a quick search and saw hotels with resort fees a the top of the list

lenin1991
lenin1991

As the linked article says:

“All things being equal, hotel listings would appear lower in the rankings on Expedia’s pages when they add nightly resort fees to room rates. … resort fees are just one consideration when determining how high or low a hotel listing appears on Expedia.com and Hotels.com. Expedia also takes other factors, including the room rate, the quality of the hotel, and its popularity, into account.”

T
T

Yay!

CK
CK

Good move Expedia. Thank you. Lets hope this becomes a trend with the other OTA’s.

PoorChurner
PoorChurner

Add a bold notice beside it that the property charges a resort/destination fee too.

Staradmiral
Staradmiral

It should just be required to display the TOTAL price including taxes and fees right on the search results page

Barry
Barry

Kayak gives you an option to do that.

Mike
Mike

Yes! Good move.

Casual Churner
Casual Churner

I remember a while back there was a joint lawsuit by a couple of state AGs against some hotel chains for charging resort fees. Anyone has information on how that goes?

Pahanin
Pahanin

What’s next, Expedia will take a page from Amex’s playbook andclaw back payments it made to those hotels for abuse?

YD
YD

Why don’t the OTAs simply show after tax&fee price in the search results?

HiltyShiltyPointsuru
HiltyShiltyPointsuru

Good move, Expedia!

Quan Titative
Quan Titative

Thank you expedia!
This is also why I love Kayak, which has a selection to show prices after taxes and fees.
It’s not like the taxes and fees change, so why not include them in the price?

ps
ps

Good move. Those resort fees are pain if not realized while booking.

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