Hotels Scramble For Nickels & Dimes

The New York Times: “Unfortunately for travelers, fees and surcharges are a growing moneymaker for hotels and not likely to go away anytime soon. New research from the Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism at New York University indicates that hotels in the United States will tack on $2.55 billion in fees this year — the highest amount since Bjorn Hanson, a professor at the center, began tracking them in 2000.”

“Hotels all over the country are adding fees for … late checkout or early check-in, or a request for a room on a high floor or one with a king-size bed. Some are adding bellhop charges for help with bags or for holding luggage — fees separate from the tips travelers already give the bell staff.” Resort fees “typically cover amenities like pool towels, beach chairs, fitness-center access and a daily newspaper — and guests are required to pay whether or not they actually use any of those things.”

“Although rates and fees at hotels have been rising for a number of years … hotels have been adding perks like upgraded breakfast offerings, free Wi-Fi and renovated bathrooms and lobbies … The problem now, though, is that prices are still rising, and hotels are running out of ways give guests more for their money.”

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