Posted by William Charles on July 12, 2019
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Published on July 12th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Recap: Resort Fees, CSR Travel Insurance Benefits & More

 

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Debit
Debit

Or you could just tell friends and let the invisible hand of the market do its thing.. and see how that works out.

SamL
SamL

Hiding prices sabotages the free market. That’s why pricing transparency is so crucial.

ADAM BRIAN DADA
ADAM BRIAN DADA

The “free market” has nothing to do with transparency but opaqueness.

You don’t know the costs involved in a service or good and the pruveyor doesn’t know how much total cash and credit you have available.

Opaqueness means we negotiate the prices we both can afford and both can profit from.

What hurts prices the most is the lack of negotiation now that websites offer a fixed price. But thankfully there are still ways to negotiate travel — if you don’t rely on easy and fast website prices.

gary
gary

The Wyndham days inn in las vegas charges an $18 hotel fee for their stays. Their rate for a stay on 7/23 is $24 plus an $18 hotel fee . Its an old broken down motel. They used to call it resort fee but probably got a lot of heat since nothing is included other than use of the tiny pool. MGM hotels started th nickel and diming practice in vegas and now everything is an extra charge there. Even MGM’s comped rooms require a resort fee of $45 . I hope the AG goes after the vegas hotels. Once you get MGM to stop the others will follow suit as they did when MGM implemented resort fees a few years ago. No one else had them, now just about everyone has it there

Bob
Bob

Come on. Shop by all-in price not base rate of hotel. Use your Brain folks.

Mike L
Mike L

Why should you have to do that? If I buy a jar of peanut butter, should I assume that there will be a $2 fee on the $3 advertised price?

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

While the UA earning EQM – the problem is that Elite status has lost so much value with the push for close to full capacity flights. As well when they regularly discount upgrades at checkout (all based on availability).

LCC for example would rather upsell a F seat for $50 in the days leading up to the flight than bump an elite for free the day of the flight.

But the article makes a great point loyalty is a meaningless because so many Corp have made loyalty meaningless.

ADAM BRIAN DADA
ADAM BRIAN DADA

I would rather pay $50 or $100 for an upsell than be loyal to a brand. I prefer the new way.

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

Reclaim in resort fees : the AG in Nevada is not working with consumer’s

hmm wonder who the biggest contribution to the AG campaign (if elected and not appt) are hmm..

Seems like an easy enough recoup, esp for Hawaii, NV, etc were fees are outsized.

K.M.
K.M.

nice, i stayed in a hotel in waikiki recently so ill try getting the paid resort fee back. thanks!

escot
escot

Curious about that sloppy, poorly sourced Gate article by Brian Cohen re. a claimed movement by AG’s to go after resort fees… When exactly was that article written/posted? Seems suspicious without that basic fact. (Tried following various links and sources. Most of them are undated too, and some of the breathless ones seemed several years old) I’d very much like to believe this is true, that “resort fees are disappearing.” (if only) He makes much of one site that claims 100% success in getting back resort fees via the AG appeal route. (except that, tah dah, she’s only tried it twice — as of who knows when????)

My recent experience is that various hidden fees are only getting worse, esp with Marriott and even Radisson…. (and then there’s the matter of parking extortion fees…. which you don’t find out about til you arrive)

Yes, most of us, except those bloggers writing from Vegas (ahem) and the die hard free-marketeers want the practice of these hidden resort fees gone…. (It’s even more of a pain when trying to reserve via CSR portal (where there’s often even more hidden fees being tossed in…. an infurating CSR/expedia practice…. which they see no need to ‘splain…. Go ahead, I dare some blogger to dig into THAT.)

GGBG
GGBG

Any idea on how far in the past we can try to get these resort fees refunded? For example, if I stayed somewhere in 2018, would it be considered for a refund.

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