The Banning Of Resort Fees & Other Hidden Charges: The Good News & The Bad News

For a long time, resort fees, those hidden charges hotels usually don’t tell you about until you arrive at your hotel, were limited to the United States. We’ve written a few posts about what they are and how you may be able to get out of paying them, as well as made our readers aware of the Kill Resort Fees, a grassroots effort to, well, kill resort fees, website.

Of course, it was only a matter of time that hidden resort fees would make it to another country.

And they did.

But they won’t be there for much longer…

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Why Do Hotels Charge A Resort Fee And How Can You Get Out Of Paying It?

A resort fee (also sometimes known as a facility fee, destination fee, amenity fee, or a resort charge), is a separate mandatory (taxed) fee that a guest is charged by a hotel, along with the base room rate and its tax. They began to be added to hotel bills in the late 1990s and are supposed to cover a variety of things, depending on the hotel, such as phone service, newspaper left at your door, high speed internet access, use of the gym or pool, a bottled water or two left in your room every day, continental breakfast, etc.

Why DO hotels charge you for a resort fee, anyway? After all, they didn’t used to. And is there any way to not have to pay it? Well…

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Understanding Hotel Taxes, Resort Fees & Deposits For Incidentals

When you find a hotel rate, especially in the United States, you will rarely, if ever pay just that amount. Just like when you purchase an item in the U.S., unless it says that tax is included, chances are good that you’ll have to pay tax on top of the advertised price; that’s just how we charge for things in the U.S. The same goes for hotels. Unless an advertised price explicitly says that taxes & fees are included, you can bet that something(s) is/are going to be added on to make your final price. And in recent years, some hotels have added on something sneaky called a “resort fee,” too. Plus you often have to put down a deposit for incidentals. But let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start):

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Hotel Review: Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Sharon and I have visited Key West many times and we actually started planning this trip shortly after Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys last year. We wanted to visit more sooner than later to help support tourism since people will often avoid places after natural disasters. Even though we’ve found that when visiting Key West we’d rather spend time at an independent hotel than at at a chain property, I just couldn’t pass us a chance to stay at this hotel. This all worked out because before Citi discontinued their Hilton credit cards last year, we signed up for the Hilton Honors Reserve card. Instead of points, like most cards offer as a sign up bonus, this card was offering two weekend nights at any of the Hilton brand hotels. That’s including the Waldorf Astoria properties (well, except for several hotels that were excluded from the offer).

Since this would probably be my only chance to stay at this hotel, I went ahead and booked a Friday to Sunday stay at the Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Continue reading “Hotel Review: Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort”

Margaritaville Expands, Easy SPG Points, The Newest Harry Potter Ride, Getting A Free Night At A Better Hotel + More

Hi y’all! Here are some travel articles we’ve read this week that we thought you might find interesting!

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