Posted by William Charles on January 3, 2019
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Published on January 3rd, 2019 | by William Charles

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Recap: Resort Fees, Welcome To Scotland & More

 

The solution to resort fees/destination fees is simple. If a charge is mandatory it should be listed in the first price consumers see. At the moment hotels are using resort fees to skirt pay commissions to online travel agencies. In addition when one property in area starts doing it then other properties are almost forced to follow their lead otherwise they look more expensive at first glance. I said this on Twitter but the hotel industry often talks about self regulation but it’s blatantly obvious that they aren’t capable of it.

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Ann
Ann

Another interesting article, along the lines of a few others you’ve shared before:

The Men Peddling the ‘Secrets’ to Getting Rich on Amazon – The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/01/men-peddling-secrets-getting-rich-amazon/578443/

3rd Rock Tourist

I’m not surprised about the resort fees, and I completely agree with you. All the hotels in Grand Cayman for example charge sky-high fees. The Marriott Grand Cayman, where my travel companions and I stayed charged $50/night. They claim it’s to cover rental fees for the water activities and the bikes but it’s difficult to sign up for those in the first place 😪

projectx
projectx

Thanks for the reminder on the Citizens Bank bonus!

Derek
Derek

Resort fees. Ugh!!! While I enjoy being Hyatt Discoverist, the biggest perk IMO is no resort fees on award stays.

oogaboogabooga
oogaboogabooga

Self regulation doesn’t work. That is the whole point of regulation. Gees I wouldn’t mind getting paid £125k to come up with ‘Welcome to Scotland’.

elegua
elegua

I’m at Waikiki Beach Marriott right now and my Resort fee is $37 + Resort fee GE Tax $1.74 but this is nothing compare with the $45 Valet parking /day charge plus the tip, those things are killing me lol.

iahphx
iahphx

I remember a few years ago when the Feds forced airlines to include all TAXES in their published prices. That seemed unfair, since it isn’t required of any other industries in the USA. But this resort fee thing is very different and now getting truly out of hand — especially since the price you first see on the travel booking sites doesn’t include it. And, as you note, it forces more reputable hotels to do the same thing to compete.
It would be nice if Congress acted to ban the practice, but what would prevent a state from enacting legislation. Like say New York bans the sale of hotels to its citizens where the price quoted does not include all mandatory fees? Wouldn’t that force hotels and the online travel agencies to change their policies for all sales? It would be a very good development.

Just in the past week, I declined to use my Marriott points at 2 different properties because one had a “destination charge” of $40 (it wasn’t a resort, just a regular urban hotel) and the other had a “resort fee” of $50. That’s crazy: it would be like United or American adding a random $150 surcharge to my award ticket. Would Congress allow that? I doubt it.

The Masked Poster
The Masked Poster

I strongly agree; when hotels charge a resort fee, destination fee, or any other garbage fee, that’s an immediate rejection of that hotel from my choices.

Frank

The more you learn about how businesses work the more you realize a lot of it is just a “scam”. Like every week there is an article about how X company said this but actually its Y (i.e. cheap hotels but resort fees, reward program enhancement but is a deval.).

This is why I’d never feel bad about bank bonuses and churning — the companies being “harmed” are doing the same thing to all of their customers.

projectx
projectx

Just a heads up the Citizen’s Bank $400/$200 bonus expires 1/24, not today:
https://www.citizensbank.com/promotion/checking/cash-offer-500.aspx

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