Happy Tuesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! It was a busy week in the miles and points world. With the April 1st posts and United devaluation, I’m surprised that bloggers were able to write about anything else but there was plenty of other news. Here’s some of my favorite posts of the week, along with some posts I’ve been saving for a rainy week.
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…
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…
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):